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Reception for Underground Gallery: “Scrappin’ Upstate” by Brenda Ann Kenneally with Presentation by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
May 13, 2011 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Narrative journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc will respond to questions by photo journalist Brenda Ann Kenneally about her current Sanctuary exhibit, Scrappin’ Upstate. LeBlanc will explore the issues addressed in Scrappin’ Upstate, and the vital role of independent journalism, with a focus on marginalized members of society: adolescents living in poverty, prostitutes, women in prison, etc. One of the central families in LeBlanc’s book Random Family: Love Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx (2003) are residents of North Troy, and a focus of Upstate Girls. When Random Family was selected to be excerpted in the N.Y. Times Magazine, the N.Y. Times assigned Kenneally the task of photographing the people that LeBlanc had documented through her ten-year reportage. This marks the beginning of Brenda Ann Kenneally’s Upstate Girls project. LeBlanc redefined immersion reporting in Random Family, an intimate chronicle of urban poverty. Some of the central characters in her book are residents of North Troy. In her presentation, LeBlanc will explore the vital role of independent journalism and focus on the issues addressed in the gallery show.
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