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FotoATX 2020 SARAH LUNA, MICHELLE GARDELLA, AMAR GUPTA

August 2020

Rediscover our City’s unique character and voice through this month-long festival celebrating local photographers. FotoATX is an annual event established by the Museums and Cultural Programs Division of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and this year it's going virtual! We invite you to support our artists and browse online content, visit their websites, and interact with their social media. Explore the FotoATX main page and see what other sites have to offer!

The Dougherty Arts Center is proud to host three Austin-based photographers; Sarah Luna, Michelle Gardella, and Amar Gupta. Discover Luna's process of sculpture and photography, and her use of color, energy, and form to create a visual poem. Experience Gardella's eleven years of devotion to photographing the River Story, a series exploring the reunification of women with water, and what it means to belong. Then delve into Gupta's photographic narrative reflecting on the martial arts form of Muay Thai, its origin, and the sense of community it creates.

LUMINOUS MO:MENTS

SARAH LUNA

With a background in spiritual psychology, Luna is attuned to the essence behind all acts of creation. Her approach to the visual world is from a perspective of open curiosity and wonder. The subjects used in her artwork are ordinary materials that conceal an inner life that is revealed through the photographic process. As a result, the nature of the images in this body of work is mysterious and indecipherable, as if viewed through a veil. This process of sculpture and photography, use of color, energy, and form, creates a visual poem - a fluid, meditative, and thoughtful space for viewers to experience the work.

RIVER STORY

MICHELLE GARDELLA

This ongoing portrait series of women spans eleven years and multiple rivers found across the United States. Gardella's photographs draw upon her own experiences of poverty and adoption, and explore what it means to belong. By capturing intimate moments between women and their families, she investigates what truly makes us who we are when the cultural definitions of class, success, and identity are removed. In doing so, the artist is able to inch closer to her own understanding of self and belonging.

THE ART OF MUAY THAI AND ITS COMMUNITY

AMAR GUPTA

This photographic narrative by Gupta examines the culture of Muay Thai training camps in rural Thailand. Thoughtfully curated images reflect the importance of community within these camps that often serve a higher or secondary purpose. Some camps are free of charge and are put in place to urge teens and young adults to remain healthy and drug free. Others act mainly as a children's daycare or history class. Both train their communities in the martial art form that converts ones body into a caricature of the most savage weapons of war.

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