Individual vs. Community

Wherever you (100) live becomes your community (10+3).  If you are fortunate, you are surrounded by choices (10+4) and you are making selections (10+2) all the time. But what happens if  there are too many barriers?  A feeling of cultural isolation from the community can develop.  Art can bridge that gap between an individual and the community.

The photographer Eliza Gregory is currently working on a portraiture project that spotlights this disconnect in The Local: holding on and letting go in Melbourne, Australia.    Through her photography, she is bringing an awareness to the issue.  She began to ask these two questions:  “What do you let go of in order to connect with the community around you? What do you hold onto in order to feel like yourself?”

“No matter where you live, you are always making choices about how to connect with the culture that surrounds you, and how to maintain your personal identity inside that culture… What I’ve found is that, easy or hard, everyone has something interesting and important to say about this process of cultural evolution.”

Then she adds  “(t)his project helps strengthen a community through art. In a diverse, fast-changing city, it is easy to become isolated in our own discrete social and professional circles. Personal and cultural isolation is especially challenging for the many immigrant and minority communities that live in Melbourne. The Local connects people who don’t normally connect.”

This awareness can start a chain reaction – more learning about each person in the community can then lead to a better understanding of what each person needs in the community!

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  1. Frag Tal
    Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Hi, I think this is a fantastic place! It would have to be, to do justice to the film! I’ve enjoyed reading your essays, Llisa, and look forward to visiting here.

    A point,maybe already caught. If not, perhaps you will know who to point it out to. When looking at the website , when we click on the “Patterns” button in the menu on the right of the page, we go to the nice slide show with data about Saturn, and the next slide is about Uranus. Please note that the diameter of Saturn and Uranus are not identical. Here is the text on Saturn:
    Saturn, the second largest planet, with a diameter of 120,540 kilometers,
    Here is the text on Uranus:
    Uranus, the third largest planet with a diameter of 120,540 kilometers,

    Love the site! Love the film, been seeing it throughout my life, and it always fills me with awe, though I’d love to see it augmented with the theoretical work on strings, and branes.

    OK, thanks again for a great visit!

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