Photograph by Zoe Perry-Wood from Hanging in the Balance: Portraits from the BAGLY Prom. This photo is currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as part of "(un)expected families".
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Hanging in the Balance: Portraits from the Bagly Prom
These images are the result of a ten-year project photographing the Boston Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) Prom. BAGLY provides a safe haven for youth who are often, even in these progressive times, outsiders in their own youth culture and who may not yet have a foothold in adult gay culture. The images in this body of work reveal the delicate balance between youth vulnerability versus defensive self-protection as these youth grow up facing intolerance of their developing identities.
Zoe Perry-Wood is a fine art and social documentary photographer. She holds a BFA in photography from MassArt. She is a recipient of both national and international awards for her portrait photography. Zoe Perry-Wood’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Gallery Kayafas, The National Portrait Gallery in London for the Taylor Wesson Photographic Portrait Prize Exhibition, The Kinsey Institute Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, The Photographic Resource Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Danforth Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, The Griffin Museum as well as galleries in New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Tulsa, Seattle, Denver and Provincetown. She has been the recipient of several awards including Artist of the Year three years running and Best in Show for the National Prize Show at the Cambridge Art Association. One of her portraits is currently exhibited at MFA Boston in (un)expected families through June 2018. Her works are available through Gallery Kayafas, Boston.
First Generation: I am a Daughter of Latino Immigrants
In First Generation, I share my family’s life as immigrants in the US. I share with you our daily struggles and the pressure we feel as first generation Americans to be successful and help our family survive. Everyday we witness how our family continues to fight for the completion of their American Dream. My community is living in fear but the power of a dream, the pursuit of a safer life and the loyalty we all have for each other is what continues to push us ahead, especially during these very difficult times.
Iaritza Menjivar is a documentary photographer and Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Her project, First Generation, was published in the New York Times Lensblog. She has received a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and has recently been awarded a full scholarship for a three- year Advanced Mentored Study Program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado as a mentee to Ed Kashi from VII Photo Agency and James Estrin from the New York Times. Iaritza has been a teaching assistant and co-instructor for Stella Johnson’s photography workshop Documenting Village Life in Oaxaca, Mexico for Lesley University and Maine Media Workshops. Recently, Iaritza has exhibited in various group shows, including Crossing Borders at the Parker Gallery, Cambridge, MA and the Emerge-Cubes at Photoville in New York City.
Relationship of Aging Older Adults and their Very Old Parents
Gretjen Helene is currently working together with Kathrin Boerner, associate professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School, to study and document the relationship of aging older adults and their very old parents. Increasing longevity has given rise to a new phenomenon that was once considered rare: generations of family members reaching old age together. Senior children and very old parents are not so unusual anymore. “And virtually nothing is known about the relationships of very old adults and their ‘old’ children,” said Kathrin Boerner. A May 2018 Boston Globe article took an interesting look at the enduring characteristics of those parent-child relationships.
Gretjen moved to Boston in 1999 and began seriously considering her photography as a career when she gained attention and momentum in the field after returning from photographing in Nepal. Her travels have taken her to Russia, Nepal, Thailand, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvadore, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Canada and throughout the continental United States. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography at the Art Institute of Boston and began teaching there following graduation. Gretjen retired teaching in 2008 for the sake of personal work which has proved successful as she has completed showcases of her photography, installation and poetry work in Alaska, New York and in the Boston area. She continues her personal photography projects while working for clients involved in music and theater performances, weddings, family events, non-profit events and spontaneous creative endeavors.