SHOHOLA - Recent interactions by Western photographers and indigenous tribes have raised several questions—including questions about whether they should visit in the first place. The Barryville Area Arts Association is sponsoring a panel discussion Saturday, April 8 on these interactions in places like Ethiopia, India and the Irian Jaya. Two women deeply involved in this work have been chosen as panelists for a “Creative Conversation.”
The event is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Artists’ Market Community Center, 113 Richardson Ave., Shohola. There is no admission charge.
Wendy Stuart Kaplan is an actress, comedian, model and star of the video series, Model With A Mission. Her recent documentary, Fragile Beauty, showcases the natives of Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia, and explores when and how they may be forced to change.
Tamara Singer is also fascinated by people in remote villages. She is a photographer who has published nationwide and internationally. Her images have interpreted and recorded some of the world's fastest-disappearing native cultures, and appeared in the video, Tribal Encounters.
Possible discussion points include:
Is it exploitative to “showcase” indigenous tribes?
How does it affect those on display?
Should nudity be handled differently than it is in Western cultures?
Should indigenous tribes be encouraged or discouraged from moving toward Western values and technology?
And, are we really that different?
The public is invited to listen to the presentations, participate in the discussion, and enjoy light refreshments. For more information visit online at www.barryvilleareaarts.org and on Facebook.