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Photos of mask wearers could start conversations in Newburgh
Jennifer Rawlison was one of many Newburgh residents who responded to an appeal to come to a studio on South William Street Saturday afternoon and be photographed wearing a black mask with the simple message: COVID SAFE.
CITY OF NEWBURGH – The opening of the Newburgh Community Photo Project’s latest public art endeavor – “Unmasking the Truth” – will take place this weekend during the 10th annual Newburgh Open Studios event.
This local project is a collaboration with the Inside Out Project by French artist JR. Inside Out is a global public art initiative that involves large-scale, publicly exhibited portraits to express identities and make statements for what the subjects stand for.
Portraits were taken of various Newburgh residents wearing masks with sayings that included “COVID SAFE,” “#BLM,” and “I CAN’T BREATHE,” in reference to the dual-crises of the pandemic and the fight against racial injustice.
The photos have been wheat pasted onto buildings throughout the city.
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The opening will be hosted at 102 S. William St. Beverages and public restrooms will also be available. Everyone will be required to wear face masks and maintain a proper social distance.
On-site Saturday at 6:30 p.m., there will be an outdoor projection in collaboration with Common Projects Newburgh/Edison Cinemabox and Geremy Outstatcher.
On Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be a roundtable discussion over Zoom, a web-based video conferencing platform, with En Foco and Samuel Dorsky Museum. The public is invited to participate at NewSchool.zoom.us/j/9073756957
Visit the Newburgh Community Photo Project’s Facebook or Instagram accounts for more information about Unmasking the Truth.