Not a didactic appeal but rather a personal experience that engages us, tempts us, to move beyond that first mental paragraph of who we think someone is.
Thousands of people have participated in the “what I thought I saw” Exhibit, a traveling exhibit that has been on both coasts and in between. A visual tour, viewers experience firsthand the disconnect between their first impressions based on an image and what they come to understand through the words—a person’s backstory.
It consists of 17 stories; each story includes a large-format photograph paired with a story—a magnified slice of that person’s life.
Subject themes: visible and invisible disabilities, ageism, sexuality, body image, lifestyle/religious choices. Hosts of the exhibit can select subject matter most appropriate for their audience if they choose.Space: ideal space includes plenty of room for viewers to move from one set of stories to the next, with some space between each pair. The exhibit has been displayed in galleries (approx. 900 sq. ft. and up), wide hallways in community centers, auditorium stages and foyers, libraries, large college classrooms, conference rooms, etc. Sizes: pieces are approximately 20” x 30” inches each. Each one is on a light, foam canvas that can be perched on an easel (provided), hung, or propped up on tables or shelves. A title signage piece is 22” x 72.”