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Re-Birth, Sheila Pree Bright Photographic Art Installation

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

“As I observe the state of the country, I feel art can be a form of activism to create awareness and bring shared communities together too critically look at ongoing social and political struggles across the nation.” - Sheila Pree Bright

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(Boston, MA) - The Boston University Arts Initiative - Office of the Provost and Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce that artist Sheila Pree Bright has been selected for a commission of a temporary artwork to be installed in the Boston University Mugar Memorial Library on the Charles River Campus in October of 2020.

Bright was selected through a national request for proposals. Artists were invited to submit ideas for a site-specific installation, timed to coincide with the 2020 presidential election, that addressed ideas of equity and access, particularly concepts related to the democratic process, voting rights, institutional change, and equitable representation in keeping with the pedagogical mission of University Libraries.

The installation, titled Re-Birth, will consist of oversized photographic aluminum prints of young women from Bright’s work Young Americans, overlaid with video projection of text taken from archival research and Boston University student interviews.

The title of the installation is inspired by the following quote from Stephen P. Mugar. “In coming to America from Armenia my parents opened the door of Freedom to me. America’s public schools & libraries opened my eyes to the unlimited opportunity in this great land, as well as the privileges and obligations of citizenship.” Mugar Memorial Library is named in honor of Stephen’s parents, Sakis, his father, and Vosgitel, his mother who moved to the United States in 1906.

Re-Birth will be on view throughout the Fall semester.

Register for the artist talk October 27th at 4pm click on link

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