Please Call Me By My True Names by Caitlin Margaret Kelly - Today!

If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area or have access to a computer between 5 pm - 8 pm EST, please plan to visit the MFA|EDA thesis exhibition/photography exhibit, Please Call Me By My True Names by Caitlin Margaret Kelly. Several A Girl Like Me bloggers' portraits will be featured in the exhibit and some will be in attendance!

To join the live feed from the reception of the MFA|EDA thesis exhibition of Please Call Me By My True Names, please go to: http://www.justin.tv/cmkphotographer during 5 pm - 8 pm EST or attend the reception at Fredric Jameson Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina this March 28th, 2014.

Please Call Me By My True Names is a series of black and white photographs and audio portraits of women living with HIV. It presents us with ways of knowing each woman while confronting our assumptions of women living with a highly stigmatized virus. Please Call Me By My True Names questions our systems of seeing, hearing and knowing by embracing the limitations of the photographic and aural media and the role such projects have played in creating our relationship with social documentary.

Artist and educator Caitlin Margaret Kelly most often focuses on issues of representation and perception through the medium of photography, while also drawing heavily from her years as a newspaper photojournalist. Her thesis work, titled Please Call Me By My True Names is a series of B&W and audio portraits of women living with HIV. Kelly is the inaugural Graduate Arts Fellow with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and an artist-in-residence with the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge. More of her work can be found on her website: Caitlin Margaret Kelly.

For more information, please also visit the Facebook event page.

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bellisht's picture

I was one of the women that she came and interviewed. Bringing awareness and breaking the chains of stigma is such an important and needed work. I am proud to have been a part of this. Living with HIV for almost 27 years has not always been an easy journey ...but one well worth the walk.

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