Exhibit looks at women in poverty
By Sara Foss
TROY — A young woman named Dana Aftab wanders through a cramped hallway, gazing at blank white walls that will soon be covered with pictures. Dozens of photographs lie on the floor.
“Brenda, how can I help you?” Aftab asks.
Without hesitation, Brenda Ann Kenneally replies, “Hang up your photos.”
“Is there any specific order you want?” Aftab asks.
“However you want,” Kenneally tells her. “It’s your life.”
Aftab takes a plastic sleeve filled with photographs and begins tacking them to the wall. An Albany native who now lives in Brooklyn, Kenneally has spent the past five years photographing Aftab, her sisters and mother and other women who live in Troy. She has taken hundreds of pictures of birthday parties and births and homecomings from prison.
“Upstate Girls,” an exhibit featuring many of these photographs, will open Saturday in the Troy-based Sanctuary for Independent Media’s Underground Gallery; an opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21.