The Foster Gallery’s first installation of the year, “Bring Me a Dream” features the work of photographer and assistant photography faculty member Hannah Latham. Her work investigates themes of memory, patriotism, and the environment through cyanotypes or archival inkjet prints. A collaborative semi-documentary series, “Bring Me A Dream” invites viewers to ponder the fate of inter-generational memories in a family carrying the Alzheimer’s gene, posing the question: What does a family do when a disease threatens to steal the memory of their entire familial line?
Latham’s artist statement for the show provides further context for the work: “Through lens-based media, I look ahead to the frightening future we must face while simultaneously glancing backward at what once was for multiple generations. People, objects, music, and locations reference childhood memories that are forever out of reach. Using the family archive, I attempt to name these histories from my mind and Grandma’s fading one. This inter-generational mapping unearths additional investigations on whiteness, class, and the meaning of heritage in a family with deep New England roots. Primarily using a digital camera and the vertical frame, I capture this period in our lives as a keepsake for my family and a call to action for others experiencing the same tragedy. Images from this series document the caretaker’s essential role, the routine’s burden, and the lasting effects on loved ones. With more questions than answers, I wonder what the future holds and if this disease will live with us for generations.”
A commercial and fine art photographer based in Boston, MA, Latham completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rhode Island School of Design, with a concentration in race, gender, and sexuality studies in photography, in 2021.
“Bring Me a Dream” runs through October 25.
About the Foster Gallery
The Foster Gallery at Noble and Greenough School showcases the work of emerging and established regional artists, providing a forum within the community for viewing, discussing and reflecting upon art. With the mission of the gallery twofold—a first-class exhibition space for a full spectrum of media, and a teaching space for the exchange of ideas about art—exhibitions are designed to enhance the visual arts curriculum while also reaching out to the larger arts community along the Boston-Providence corridor. The gallery hosts six to seven shows a year, all open to the public and without charge.
For the exhibition schedule and more information visit www.fostergallery.org