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Exhibit Opening: “The Front Lines Project”
September 1 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society, 227 South Main St
West Hartford, CT 06107 United States
This fall, celebrate your heroes, learn from their experience, and reflect on these historic times with a new photography exhibit “The Front Line Project” by West Hartford photographer Ginny Kemp. The exhibit opens at the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society on September 23, 2021. Ginny Kemp shares her collection of photographs and interviews featuring Hartford area community members who have served on the frontlines throughout the pandemic. The essential workers share their stories of inspiration, challenge, and lessons learned working through the COVID pandemic. The opening reception is free to the public and takes place September 23, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at the Noah Webster House, 227 S. Main St., West Hartford, CT.
Ginny Kemp, has always been drawn to people’s stories. Growing up in Michigan, she was the kid who hung on her grandparents’ every word as they told tales from the past. She loved to sift through old photographs and letters that lived at the family farm, trying to imagine the people and history attached to it all. She carried this passion into her early career days as a clinical social worker. After many years and serendipitous turns, she’s still connecting with others and their life narratives, only now it’s through photography.
Through masterful photography and meaningful narratives, Kemp tells an intimate story of these local heroes’ sacrifice and resilience. From healthcare workers, to educators, to transit professionals, to first responders – each person photographed has helped lead our community through an unprecedented time of challenge, loss, and triumph of the human spirit.
Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to share their own experiences through short written testimony and pay tribute to all that risked their health and safety in our time of need.
The opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 23rd, 5-7pm and the exhibit will run through the holiday season. The opening reception is free to attend. Afterward, admission to the exhibit is included in your admission to the museum which is open to the public from 1-4 p.m.
The written testimony from the featured essential workers, as well as, visitors of the exhibit will be archived at the Noah Webster House.