A photography exhibit highlighting the beauty of people who live with physical differences due to genetic variation is currently on display at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
“The New Faces of Genetics and Beyond” is a collection of portraits from Positive Exposure, a New York-based nonprofit that promotes a more inclusive world through photography, film, exhibits, talks and award-winning educational programs. Comprised of dozens of images hung in DHMC’s main mall, the creators of this gallery hope to help create a more compassionate, understanding and respectful community.
“The New Faces of Genetics and Beyond” has traveled to numerous hospitals in the United States and around the world, including the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; and NYU Langone in New York. The exhibit was presented at DHMC by Marianne L. Barthel, Director of the Arts and Humanities Program at Dartmouth Health, in collaboration with William A. Nelson, PhD, MDiv, Professor and Director of the Ethics and Values Program at the Geisel School of Medicine in Dartmouth, and Eleonore B. Baughan, a student at Geisel.
“Art can evoke many emotions, from joy to sadness,” Barthel said. “It can also be a tool for having uncomfortable conversations and breaking down stigma. Photos can give a new perspective on how we perceive our fellow human beings. We are honored to host this empowering exhibit to help foster conversations that help address the stigma and ethical challenges surrounding people with genetic differences. The spectacular photographs of Positive Exposure founder Rick Guidotti, exhibited as part of ‘The New Faces of Genetics and Beyond’ celebrate beauty in all its diverse and beautiful forms and remind us of our common bond: we are all human . »
The organizers have also created a series of educational events around the exhibition. Some of these events include an upcoming Grand Rounds presentation with Guidotti and a self-guided narrative medicine experience at the Expo site developed by Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD, Section Chief and Director of Palliative Care at DHMC.
“The New Faces of Genetics and Beyond” is on display at DHMC until June 10. For more information, contact Barthel at [email protected] or visit positiveexposure.org/gallery.
Photo caption: ‘The New Faces of Genetics and Beyond’, a collection of portraits from Positive Exposure, is on display at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center through June 10.