May and June, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
208 Flynn Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Radical Empathy is an exploration of issues of race through photography by artist, economist, and professor Stephanie Seguino. In this work, Seguino is moved by a question posed by philosopher Anthony Kwame Appiah, “What do we owe strangers by virtue of our shared humanity?” Perhaps the single most important debt we owe strangers is our willingness to see and respond to their humanity.
And yet, when it comes to black men, stereotypes serve as blinders that obscure our vision. The images in this exhibit reflect on those stereotypes and the underlying humanity of black men in the artist’s life. They include both faceless and frontal portraits, and serve as an invitation for viewers to reflect on their own projections onto people they may not know but feel compelled to judge.