Sacred Spaces: A Sharing through Photographs
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Sacred Spaces – A Sharing through Photographs
Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:30-9pm at DCP (4756 Algiers, Dallas 75207)
Exhibition: October 18 – November 2
Hours: Wednesdays: 2:00-7:00pm; Thursday-Saturday: 11am-5pm
Photography has the unique trait of being an easily accessible art form that communicates well across boundaries and between cultures. DCP is exploring that ability in its first gallery exhibition. “Sacred Spaces: A Sharing through Photographs” is a project of the interfaith group Friends for Good consisting of members from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Unitarian congregations in Dallas. The purpose of Friends for Good is to spark friendships between people who may not normally have a chance to spend time together to explore common ground. This photography project expands on the purpose of Friends for Good to increase communication and understanding among those of disparate faith communities.
The collection of photographs, taken by amateur photographers, provides a look into what people of different faiths consider a sacred space. Photography, like all art, is a form of expression, emotion and communication. The images in this exhibit are intimate and evocative, often challenging stereotypes and assumptions.
Traditionally, a sacred space is defined as a place of holiness, often designated by an official religious body. In modern life it can take on many forms and can be any place. The very act of photographing a sacred space can be an act of recognition and reverence. Locations can range from a temple, church or mosque to a park, a quiet nook, a favorite place in nature, or an everyday space in the home. Images in the “Sacred Spaces” exhibition are personal, not institutional, and convey not only a sense of the space but also share a little about the personality of the photographer. These images often evoke a spiritual connection rather than portray official emblems of religion.
“At a time when there is divisiveness and misunderstanding among groups of different faiths, “Sacred Spaces” gives us a personal view into the religious lives of our neighbors in North Texas,” says DCP Executive Director Peter Poulides. “The exhibition encourages gallery visitors to ask themselves, ‘What space would I consider sacred to me?’”