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This exhibition features select works from Al Sol, or “To the Sun,” a series of over 40 photographs taken by Stella Johnson of rural families living in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cameroon. The photographs in this exhibition capture the Gbaya and Fulbe cultures in Djohong and surrounding villages in the northeastern savannah region of Cameroon. The daily life of these groups as recorded by Johnson includes people harvesting and preparing food, children reading, and villagers interacting. To complete this project, Johnson lived and worked in several communities over a 15-year period. According to the artist, “years of memories and patience come together to comprise the photographs that became Al Sol.”
Stella Johnson received Fulbright Scholarships to Mexico in 2003-2004, and 2006, the former for photography and the latter for teaching. Her personal work has been recognized by a Cultural Collaborative Artist-In-Residence Grant, a grant from The International Music and Art Foundation and has been highlighted in dozens of shows in the U.S. and Mexico. She teaches at the Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University, and Boston University.
The book Al Sol was published by Wild Greek Press and the University of Maine Press in 2007.This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Emmett J. Doerr Endowment Fund.
Lecture by the Artist
Monday, February 15
Stella Johnson will present the lecture, “Al Sol: Photographs from Mexico, Cameroon and Nicaragua” on Monday, February 15 at 6 p.m. in the museum followed by a reception.