Thursday evening was the opening reception for the ‘Unseen Morgantown’ photography exhibit at the Monongalia Arts Center.
This featured the work of clients at the Milan Puskar Health Right’s free clinic that are in addiction recovery.
This community photovoice project is the capstone of a nine week photography course.
The participants used their cell phone cameras to document their lives and community and allows viewers to see Morgantown from their perspective.
“They’re using dark and difficult challenges in their lives and making art about it in order to try and change perceptions of who they are and who people like them are and how they are seen in society and so one of the most rewarding things has been people in the groups. They just see the world differently. They see beauty in places where they didn’t see beauty before because now they can make pictures about it,” said Kat Bawden, photographer and teaching artist.
“I was given the opportunity to show Morgantown for the beauty that’s here and hopefully they can start seeing these people for the same beauty that’s there. You know, if my journey along the way can somehow help another, that’s all I ask for,” David Morgan, participant.
This project is a partnership between Milan Puskar Health Right and the WVU Injury Control Research Center.