Table of Contents: Stories of Hunger and Resilience by Michael Nye
Janett Kennedy Public Gallery
June 5 through June 29, 2010
Exhibit Combines Photography, Audio for Complex Look at Personal Stories
The face of hunger is often unseen in North Texas and so often we lose touch with the stories of individuals and families who are unsure where they’ll find their next meal.
To bring those faces to light, internationally acclaimed photographer and San Antonio-native Michael Nye documented the voices, stories and portraits of the food insecure for an exhibition entitled Table of Contents: Stories of Hunger and Resilience.
“The poor in our communities are often the least heard and the most forgotten,” Nye said of his exhibit. “I have felt with even a greater conviction that we all need to speak of the essential needs of our human family, and grow in our understanding of how difficult life is for so many in our country. These stories are about all of us as we live with our uncertainties and the realization that we too could experience hunger.”
Traveling around the country, Nye interviewed people of all ages, races and backgrounds, recording their stories while photographing portraits. The result is a multi-media exhibition that portrays the complexities of life with hunger in a rich audio-visual format.
Because “listening is seeing,” according to Nye, audio stations next to each portrait allow visitors the opportunity to listen to stories firsthand, making it an unforgettable gallery experience.
“Sometimes it takes a talent like Michael Nye’s to force hunger into the public consciousness,” says Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. “Listening to the heart-wrenching tales of hunger while staring into the faces of wives, mothers, daughters, husbands, fathers, and sons, the elderly and working poor just helps to hammer home the facts of life right here in our own backyard: Texas has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the nation, and the second highest rate of hunger overall. We thank Mr. Nye for his advocacy on behalf of hungry individuals everywhere.”
The Janette Kennedy Gallery is open to the public 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
To contact the gallery directly, call (214) 426-1575.
About the North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of 1,146 feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. The NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. Close the Gap is the NTFB’s 3-year initiative to unite the community to narrow the food gap by providing access to 50 million meals annually by 2011.
Founded in 1982, the NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org). *Last year, the NTFB provided access to 37 million meals through its efforts. Each month agency pantries distribute food to more than 53,000 families and on-site meal programs serve 435,000 meals/snacks. Every dollar donated to the NTFB provides four meals for the hungry.