NWC News Desk

Images from Vietnam & Cambodia go on display May 1

Posted April 27, 2007

P O W E L L, W y o. - A photography exhibit titled "The Similarities Between Our Differences: Vietnam/Cambodia 2007," opens Tuesday, May 1, in the SinClair Gallery at Northwest College. It kicks off with an artists' reception at 7:30 p.m. in the Orendorff Building Lounge, which is connected to the gallery.

The images were taken by NWC students, faculty and community members who traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia over spring break in early March.

Denise Kelsay, NWC's galleries director, said the exhibit doesn't in any way resemble a travel brochure with images of historic monumental architecture or broad landscapes.

"It's a very intimate show," Kelsay said. "It looks up close at people in the market, at everyday domestic items, little children, the elderly. Lots of faces. It's the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. And because river life is such an intricate and important part of these cultures, water is a predominant theme. Water. Lots of water."

Kelsay said the extensive photo collection gives an opportunity for viewers to see a foreign land through the eyes of students as they engaged the people they met traveling through rural country sides and historic sites in 90 degree weather with 90 percent humidity.

"The Similarities Between Our Differences: Vietnam/Cambodia 2007" hangs through Sept. 14. SinClair Gallery, located in the Orendorff Building, is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.