Positive Exposure

October 2–October 18, 2015, Project Gallery

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    Rick Guidotti, Caleb, 2012.

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer, has spent fifteen years working to effect a sea change in societal attitudes toward individuals living with genetic differences.

Guidotti is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative nonprofit arts, education, and advocacy organization that explores the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive, and behavioral differences. His work has been widely published in leading newspapers, magazines, and journals.

An exhibition of Guidotti’s photographs, Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference, premiered at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and continues to tour internationally.

Positive Exposure comes to Rochester for a two-week exhibition at George Eastman House, October 2–18. This installation, subtitled Change How You See, See How You Change, will include a collection from Guidotti’s traveling exhibition, plus a new series of twenty photographic portraits of individuals from the Rochester area, each of whom has an intellectual disability.

The exhibition presents visitors with the opportunity to see the richness and beauty of human diversity and a more inclusive, compassionate world where differences are celebrated.

Positive Exposure: Change How You See, See How You Change was commissioned by the Golisano Foundation in celebration of its thirtieth anniversary. The foundation is committed to opening doors, changing perceptions, and forging unprecedented partnerships to provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with pathways to self-sufficiency, personal dignity, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes.

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