Join photographers Brenda Bancel, Toni Marie Gomes, and Roody Jean Louis as they guide you through their inspiration for creating Holding Differences Tenderly. Through this conversation, they hope to create a diagolue that fosters faith, hope, love, humility, and critical thinking about stereotypes and presumption.
About Holding Differences Tenderly exhibition:The opening reception is in parntership with ArtWeek MA, an award winning annual festival that presents hands on and interactive artistic experiences all across Massachusetts.
This unique photography exhibition showcases the work of professional Beacon Hill photographer Brenda Bancel and students Toni Marie Gomes and Roody Jean Louis from the Take 5 program at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. The photographers explore ways to raise our consciousness of deeply rooted stereotypes. The exhibit aims to disrupt assumptions, shaking the viewer out of typical thinking in order to stop perpetuating ideas from the past. The goal is to see beyond our own stereotype and get to the beauty of each individual. The work also addresses the need in our community to learn to delve deeply into our differences, and to hold those differences tenderly.
Exhibition is being showcased at the Vilna from Sunday, April 29 - Friday, May 25. Join us to view the exhibition during this timeframe on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM or Sunday from 1:00 - 5:00 PM.
"I want this to be a space where no question is taken wrong. We can ask tough questions knowing that we might make mistakes, but knowing that we are there to learn and be respectful—that it’s a space to talk with humility and conviction."
About the Lead Photographer:
Brenda Bancel is the President and founder of the TAKE 5 Foundation and owner of Brenda Bancel Photography LLC. She spent ten years in the advertising industry working with clients such as Apple in Los Angeles and IBM in New York, Paris and London before realizing that she wanted to focus on non-profit work. She completed the photography program at the New England School of Photography in 2011 where she graduated with honors in documentary. She is represented by 555 Gallery where she has had both solo exhibits and been in group shows. Her work has been seen at the Danforth Museum, Panopticon gallery and the Photographic Resource Center. She spent the last two years studying at the Harvard Divinity School. She is interested in the cross section of where creativity and compassion intersect.