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Public Displays of Affection

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The Portland Building Installation Space
1120 SW 5th Ave

June 2 to June 27, 2014


Public Displays of Affection, a participant-driven installation by artists Erica Thomas and Emily Fitzgerald, explores the shifting terrain of relationship building through the lens of the family portrait.

Thomas and Fitzgerald will explore these changing dynamics by transforming the Portland Building Installation Space into a photo studio. There, they will offer people who use and work in the building professional, studio-quality portraits with their “chosen families.”

Participants will be encouraged to think beyond traditional definitions and deeply investigate who they are closest to and what “family” means to them. This could include friends, domestic partners, coworkers, childcare providers, neighbors, ex-spouses, grandparents, godchildren or any other important relationship they might choose to identify — even choosing to be photographed as an individual is an option.

Public Displays of Affection seeks to promote interesting conversations and highlight the relationships between the participants and their chosen families.

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