Sparks of Change in a World Emerging

November 15th - December 23rd

Reception with the artist:
Thursday, December 7th, 6 - 8 pm

Opening November 15, 2006, Benham features a remarkable exhibition with Phil Borges, humanitarian organization CARE International and Luis Delgado. The exhibition is a visual commentary on culture, power, poverty, torture, perseverance and exceptional heroes; a commentary that reminds us all that we are each responsible for this society, humankind.

Friday, December 1st, 5:30 – 8:30pm Meet the artists & representatives from CARE during a reception in recognition of World AIDS Day with special guest, the president and CEO of CARE, Dr. Helene D. Gayle MD, MPH. RSVP by calling Christina at 206-464-0787

His book, represented in this exhibition, will be released in Spring 2007. Orders for Women Empowered, the book, will be taken during the exhibition and will be mailed to the buyers before it's available to the general public.

For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has photographed indigenous people struggling through incomprehensible conditions. Through his books; Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, The Gift and his newest: Women Empowered, Sparks of Change in a World Emerging, Borges has shown us captivating portraits and a strength that lives on in the hearts of individuals coping with some of life’s toughest trials. His latest work with CARE International is a noteworthy effort to illuminate ordinary women in times of hardship breaking through barriers of convention and oppression. The stories and portraits of these women speak to the themes of courage, empowerment and human rights that have been constant topics throughout twenty-five years of Phil’s work.

CARE International is a leading humanitarian organization in the fight against the underlying causes of poverty, helping people and communities become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special focus and effort on working with women to create stable improvements within their communities. CARE’s core belief is that given the appropriate resources women have the special ability to instigate and inspire change in and around their own communities. Phil Borges and CARE have put incredible effort into Women Empowered, showing the world that women have the power to make change.

Luis Delgado grew up in Mexico, where he became the photographer and visual narrator that he is today. His work consists of photographs of iconography, inanimate representations and material from mass media combined into collages of commentary on the social cataclysm that rules our culture. In a visual manifesto Delgado reminds us, forcefully, that violence and its perpetrators should not be excused from the global discussion, rather they should be held accountable. An intense but essential statement is the only way to describe Luis Delgado’s work.

Phil Borges

Luis Delgado


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