Photography exhibit challenges perceptions of teenage pregnanciesWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Museum of Art is hosting photographer Michael Nye’s traveling exhibition “Children of Children” into its Community Gallery.
“Children of Children,” which has traveled to more than 50 cities worldwide, is a collection of stories of men and women ranging in age from 12 to 100 whose lives have been affected by teenage pregnancy. Featured are 50 black and white photographs, each accompanied by audio stories told by the individuals in the portraits. Viewers of this exhibit listen to the narratives through headphones mounted by each portrait.
The multimedia exhibit is a catalyst for family, student and community discussions as it explores teen pregnancy and parenting in its full context — without criticism or approval — in a non-threatening setting.
Nye, a former attorney and the husband of poet Naomi Shihab Nye, has been a recipient of a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts grant in photography, a 2003 Kronkosky Foundation grant and a participant in two Arts America tours in the Middle East and Asia. He has lectured widely in Morocco, India and many museums and universities. “Children of Children” has been traveling for more than five years.
According to Nye, the exhibit’s intention is not to condemn, condone or romanticize teenage pregnancy in any way, but to explore the context of young pregnancy and parenting in our society.
“These photographs and stories are glimpses into much larger, complex lives. Each person carries a separate, very particular history. Whether the early pregnancy occurred in 1918 or today, it is a dramatic, life-changing event,” Nye said.
“Children of Children” is on exhibit through March 11.
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