Note from the Director
During a Board of Directors/staff meeting held shortly after the attacks, these questions replaced the typical conversations about budgets and long-range plans. Discussion focused on how to turn these feelings of sorrow, frustration, and vulnerability into constructive and positive initiatives. Understanding the PRC's primary responsibility as an advocate of photography and photographers, the Board and staff of the PRC committed to the presentation of an exhibition that would thoughtfully explore the gamut of visual responses to the events.
In the process of developing Six Months, A Memorial, it became increasingly clear that the range of visual responses to these tragedies was vast. We discovered how futile any effort to reflect the entirety of visual responses would be. Perhaps, this ubiquity of visual memorials is the poignant legacy of this healing process. Certainly, Six Months, A Memorial would be a completely different exhibition if we were to develop it again.
Our ability to comprehend these events and our complex emotions was aided by a universal vocabulary of imagery and the efforts of imagemakers. While Six Months, A Memorial features some extraordinary visual responses within an extremely familiar presentation format, we, as Leslie points out in her comments, see it less as an exhibition and more as a tribute to memorials. We hope that, in this way, Six Months, A Memorial will make a positive contribution to our community's ongoing recovery.
Keeping with the tradition of memorial making and this sensitive subject, we realize that it is vital to have feedback as part of this event. We invite you to leave comments and/or bring your words and pictures to be included in a section of the presentation.