Lindsay Morris: You Are You

Avenue Gallery

You Are You” documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender-nonconforming children and their families. This camp offers a temporary safe haven where children can freely express their interpretations of gender alongside their parents and siblings without feeling the need to look over their shoulders. In 2007, photographer Lindsay Morris started attending camp with a family member and began documenting what she was witnessing. It was with a great deal of courage in 2012 that the camp parents and children agreed to have selected images published as the cover story of The New York Times Magazine, which jumpstarted an important and timely dialogue in a public forum. Since then, her story has been published in France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Australia and Eastern Europe demonstrating a global interest in the predicament of gender variant youth. When together, they are supported to be true to their inner nature. They may don wigs, high heels and gem-encrusted tiaras unburdened by fear of bullying and discrimination. This body of work speaks out against intolerance while sharing with the viewer the beautiful spark of these children. Morris writes, “I intend for the essay to serve as a guidepost for parents and the general public who struggle with their own uncertainties and prejudices with regard to the gender unique population. This is a place of acceptance. A place that can serve as a model for a society in which the first generation of children able to lead an openly LGBTQ childhood will come of age.”

Lindsay Morris began her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. At age 18, she was given her first camera while spending a year in South Africa as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. In college, she returned to Africa with the School for International Training and spent a semester documenting the radically changing lives of the people of the Lamu Archipeligo in Kenya. In the ’90s, she launched her own line of responsibly made women’s clothing, which she designed and had produced in India, China and New York, but she found herself drawn back to her original art medium. Since 2006, she has been photo editor for Edible East End magazine. Morris’ work has been published in The New York Times MagazineGEO Germany and GEO International, LoupePDN, Marie Claire, Elle, Internazionale, Haaretz Israel and Sunday Life Australia, and has been featured on photography blogs Fraction, Slate/Behold and ABCNews.com. She was a 2013 Critical Mass finalist and nominee for the 2013 Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colo., and “Ctrl+P” at the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago. Morris resides and works on the East End of Long Island with her family.

The 15th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit is collaboration between the University of the Arts and Equality Forum, the premiere national and international LGBT civil rights summit. Equality Forum 2014 (May 1 – 4) with Canada as the Featured Nation includes more than 30 programs, parties and special events. For a schedule of events, visit equalityforum.com. The exhibition and accompanying lecture were curated and organized by UArts Associate Professor of Photography and Director/Curator of the Mednick Gallery Harris Fogel. He was assisted by UArts Lecturer and Academic Advisor Jordan Rockford BFA '00 (Photography).

“You Are You” was made possible through the support of the University of the Arts, the UArts Photography program and Equality Forum. Special thanks to UArts President Sean T. Buffington, Provost Kirk E. Pillow, College of Art, Media & Design Dean Christopher Sharrock, Anne Leighton Massoni, assistant professor and Photography Program director, and Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum.

Lecture (free and open to the public): May 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1504 Photo Studio, Terra Hall

Public Reception: May 1, 4 - 5:50 p.m. & May 2, 5 - 7 p.m
Avenue Gallery (formerly the Borowsky Gallery)

Above: "Strapless," 2011.

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