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Students exhibit photography and “THINK about Change”

DURING THE FINAL WEEK of classes in Cuenca, the students showed their understanding of artistic communication in their first photography exhibition, THINK about Change. Creative Arts teacher Lindsay Clark challenged the students (and staff) to display their social commentary on Ecuador through photography. Pulling from knowledge gained in Global Studies, weXplore trips, experiential learning, and other sources, what resulted was a visually-stunning and ephemeral exhibition, highlighting important social issues and those voicing the need for change.

The exhibition mimicked the sometimes fleeting presence of social commentary through street art, as is evident throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Site of historic Cuenca. Hanging on wood grids that could be deconstructed in seconds, the entire display appeared and disappeared within a day – absolutely essential for a global, mobile school.

Murals, stickers, tags and pasted paper spread all over the grid – a sure sign of a healthy city.

-Lenny Correa on Cuenca, Curbs and Stoops

Students used photography and its content as a catalyst for social change, pairing their images with a 100-word exhibition label. They chose photos that spoke about poverty, education, environmental rights, pollution, child labor, racism, religion (and religious oppression), animal abuse, and freedom, among other things. Each student’s work was eloquent and inspiring, impressive and extraordinary.

The photos were printed to 40 x 35 cm and hung from walls gently lit from above. There was a certain flow to the room that helped carry the eye to the next photo, each one equally meaningful and magnificent. It was the work of 28 photographers from 15 countries around the world.

While TGS students, faculty, and staff talked and enjoyed the event, desserts and refreshments were served, making the overall ambiance very chic and official. Several students from Colegio Aleman Stiehle Cuenca came out to support their TGS buddies, and it was great to have them join in the event. It lasted for about an hour and a half. Photos were offered for sale, with the larger prints going for $10 and smaller prints for $5. All of the proceeds were put towards Wrists4Rights, a student-led initiative to raise awareness of children’s rights.

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