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FINE LINE: Mental Health/Mental Illness Exhibition Reception and Artist Talk

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Alkek Library The Wittliff Collections, 7th Floor Alkek

6:30 Reception / 7:00 pm Talk by photographer Michael Nye

Event celebrating the FINE LINE exhibition includes an exhibition reception and a talk by the photographer Michael Nye. Admission is free and all welcome. Attendees are asked to RSVP to thewittliffcollections@txstate.edu

FINE LINE: MENTAL HEALTH/MENTAL ILLNESS pairs photography with audio recording in a documentary project that reveals the courage and the fragility of people living with disorder, confronts stereotypes, and draws attention to the tenuous threshold between stability and unbalance. Photographer Michael Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories, discovering how, in his words, “Mental illness touches the deepest parts of who we are; our identity, self worth, the inability to communicate, confusion and loss of control. It can happen for no apparent reason and at any time. Every person has a chance of becoming mentally ill.” In simple, eloquent detail, 45 black-and-white portraits and the voices of those portrayed speak of denial, fear, stigma and separation, pain, abuse, coping, healing, and humanity. Nye’s Fine Line exhibition is presented in conjunction with Texas State's 2013–2014 Common Experience theme, Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness, and is sponsored by the university’s Wittliff Collections and Common Experience, and the CFAN Company.

Lyda Guz
Common Experience
Academic, Lectures, Visual Arts
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
FINE LINE: Mental Health/Mental Illness Exhibition Reception and Artist Talk