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Bethlehem, Pa., November 29, 2006—The Payne Gallery at Moravian College will feature photographs from Sri Lanka in a new exhibit titled, “Abby Robinson: Background and Foreground: Photographs of Sri Lanka,” from Thursday, November 30, 2006 through Sunday, January 28, 2007.
The exhibition will feature two series of photographs shot in Sri Lanka: In Camera depicts old photographic studios combining idealized painted backdrops with mundane clutter to produce images that are full of fantasy, ambition and irony; and The Pombaya series that documents scarecrows that are placed in front of new construction in order to ward off the “evil eye.”
Robinson teaches photography at both the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She graduated with a BA from Barnard College (majoring in Architectural History) and earned an MFA (in photography) from the Pratt Institute. When not in class, she travels the world and photographs different cultures. In addition to Sri Lanka, her work has taken her to the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam. For more on Robinson, visit her Web site at: http://www.abbyrobinson.com.
The Sri Lankan project was sponsored by two separate grants. Robinson’s first trip was funded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award to work in Sri Lanka and India in 1999. She then returned in 2004 as the recipient of an Individual Photographer’s Fellowship from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. The second grant allowed her to undertake a detailed photographic study of the Sri Lankan film industry.
Payne Gallery is open 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when the College is in session. It is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Historic Bethlehem. Gallery admission and parking are free.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.