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THE RESILIENT SOULS PROJECT:                                           

September 11, 2017, opening 6-7 p.m.

On display through October 6, 2017

Kissam Center, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Near the intersections of 21st Ave & West End Ave.  (Some street parking available on West End Ave .)

Hours Mon-Fri 7am – 12am,  Weekends 8am – 12am.  Appropriate for high school age and older.

Resilience is defined as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful after something bad happens.” Our culture has become increasingly interested in why some people appear more resilient than others.  The research shows that although there are protective factors which foster resilience, we all have the ability to build more resilience in each of our lives.  These stories teach us what has helped these women.

This display is a 20-year follow-up to a photo and literary exhibition from the mid-1990s entitled RESILIENT SOULS: Young Women’s Portraits and Words.  At that time, I had the honor of working with young women from various backgrounds who had overcome personal challenges in their lives.  They were brave and generous by writing and sharing their stories as we worked together to create beautiful portraits to represent their perseverance in the hope of encouraging others.  The original exhibit explored issues such as disabilities, mental health, unhealthy relationships, illness, adoption, pregnancy, immigration, eating disorders, school problems, violence and grief.   Two decades later, we revisit these women’s continued journeys, including their low points, their triumphs and their growth, as they approach middle age.  

THE RESILIENT SOULS PROJECT has universal appeal as we are all faced with difficulties in this life. It inspires all of us to consider our resilience while finding beauty and meaning in our own imperfect lives.     

      ~ Cathy Lander-Goldberg, photographer/curator  

 

When we met in 1995, she was training for the Paralympics and on a quest to break stereotypes of people with disabilities. Sandy’s leg had been amputated at age 4 due to a proximal femoral focal deficiency.

Past Writing

 

Sandy is now a two time Paralympic bronze medalist in skiing. When we met again in May 2015, she was training to hike a volcano in Ecuador with a team of amputees to raise awareness for people with disabilities. 

Recent Writing: 

 

 

THE RESILIENT SOULS PROJECT:  

2017, Morton J. May Gallery, Maryville University

 

 

 

RESILIENT SOULS: Young Women’s Portraits and Words:  

2002, Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, Texas
1998, Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
1996, Webster University, Webster Groves, MO
1996, The Center of Contemporary Arts, University City, MO
 

For more information, see:

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-03-08/features/9803080362_1_adolescent-girls-adult-women-photography

 

http://www.questia.com/library/1P2-33011526/resilient-souls-photo-exhibit-gives-voice-to-the-struggles

 

http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/current/oldfiles/862.issue/a6.html

 

All images are copyrighted by Cathy Lander-Goldberg

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

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