Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tomorrow evening (Friday) is the culmination of all the creative work that we've been doing here. There will be an exhibition of the work at Little Wound school in Kyle and we will also feed all those who attend. We are hoping that as many as 200 community members will come out. Many of the images in the show feature community members and were captured by students with a 4X5 view camera. To the right is one example. The Polaroid film we are using produces a positive and negative image with each photograph. Generally we give the subject the print and keep the negative. Many of the negatives were used to create cyanotype prints on cloth. Essentially, you take a blue piece of cloth that is treated with chemicals that make it light sensitive. You take a negative and put a piece of glass over it and lay it out in the sun. Then you rinse the material in water and you have a contact print of the negative. These pieces are being sewn into two quilts which will also be on display duirng the show. The cyanotype process was also used on a larger scale today as each group created a sheet sized unique piece of art that represents their respective region. Addtionally, we've printed several dozen student digital images that will exhibited as well. Here's one by Liliana, one of the New York participants. Lastly, after class today a handful of participants went to KILI radio station here on the rez to talk about their experiences here and to promote Friday night's exhibition and dinner. Melanie at KILI was very accommodating and basically handed us the airwaves for as long as we needed.