In a portrait of daily life in contemporary Nicaragua, Grant Ramsey, assistant professor in Notre Dame’s philosophy department, tells the story of a country rich in traditions, passion, and humor but also struggling to survive in the wake of decades of war, persistent economic crisis, and underdevelopment.
The photographs challenge the purity of “labor” versus “leisure,” evincing the richness and dignity woven into the fabric of work. What appears as mundane chores—putting bread in an oven, washing laundry by hand—pulse with an inner rhythm and beauty. Conversely, images ostensibly of play are, at times, reminiscent of violence and sadness.
The exhibition will run July 3, 2010–September 26, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 12:15 P.M.: gallery talk with Ramsey
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St, Michigan Avenue Galleries
Chicago, IL 60602