Art Show – Cathy Lander-Goldberg

WISE WOMEN, RESILIENT LIVES

This social photography & storytelling project gives a voice to a diverse group of St. Louis area women in their upper 70s and beyond in order to provide inspiration for viewers of all ages.  While some cultures revere elders’ wisdom, ours tends not to do so.  This exhibit honors and celebrates these experienced women, breaks stereotypes and provides the viewer with suggestions on how to keep finding joy, connection and purpose despite the challenges that may come with aging.  

Each of these women provided a past photo to help tell her story.  As you will see, some of the images are tattered by years in an old wallet or adhesive photo album making the keepsake even sweeter by illustrating the passage of time.   We also worked together to create a present-day portrait.  I had the privilege of chatting with each woman and chose an excerpt from our conversation to include with the photos.  Some segments of our interview were taped and additional excerpts will be available in the virtual gallery at CLGPhoto (Click “Wise Women”). 

These women shared what has helped them lead meaningful lives including volunteering, advocating, writing, working, learning, teaching, traveling, creating, physical activity, humor, gratitude, faith, patience, self-kindness, hope, pleasure, positivity, problem solving  and connecting with others. I am forever grateful for their time and willingness to share their perspectives on living life.  

The intention of this project is to:

  • Challenge stereotypes on aging
  • Give a voice to those in this demographic by sharing their stories
  • Provide inspiration, wisdom & perspectives on resilience for viewers of all ages

More information on my work may be found on my website at hclgphoto.com and there is a virtual gallery of my last traveling exhibit, The Resilient Souls Project   clgphoto.com/resilient

This show will run from March 3 through April 16, with a reception on Sunday, March 5, 12:30.

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