Alum, Faculty Member Curates Equality Forum's 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit

'Equator' by Israeli photographer David Adika runs April 30 - May 10 at Open Lens Gallery

"Untitled (Dead Sea)" by David Adika

April 17, 2012

Alumnus and Photography faculty member Jordan Rockford BFA '00 (Photography) is the curator for the 13th Annual Gay and Lesbian Art Exhibit, "Equator," by celebrated Israeli photographer David Adika. The exhibition is a collaboration between the University of the Arts and Equality Forum, the largest annual national and international LGBT civil rights summit.

Adika's photographic installation explores the imaginary lines that divide people and places: East and West, North and South, past and present. Representing four geographically diverse regions in Israel, his images create a map of experience written across the face of the Israeli landscape and its people, where lines that divide also connect and borders become meeting points, marking spaces of correspondence.

On display April 30 - May 10, "Equator" is co-presented with the Gershman Y and co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia. Adika will present a lecture on his work on Wednesday, May 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CBS Auditorium, Hamilton Hall (320 South Broad Street). The lecture is free and open to the public.

A public reception will be held at the Open Lens Gallery in the Gershman Y (401 South Broad Street) on Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reception is co-sponsored by Spectrum, Philadelphia's Queer Jewish social group for young professionals.

Equality Forum 2012, which takes place May 3 – 6, includes over 45 programs, parties and special events, and this year welcomes Israel as the featured nation.

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