In collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank, RAM presents About Hunger & Resilience | Photography by Michael Nye, an exhibition featuring documentary photographs and accompanying audio stories from America’s hungry. Whether the subjects are chronically, occasionally, or at one time homeless, Nye’s penetrating portraits allow viewers an intimate experience with each individual’s accompanying audio story.
Artist Statement from Photographer Michael Nye:
Hunger is as old as history and is wrapped into our genes as the great impulse to survive. Everyone knows the boundary between hunger and satisfaction. However, for many of us in this country of abundance, it is difficult to imagine someone so hungry and weak they would cry or lose the desire to live.
This exhibition is about the experience of hunger. The stories are not intended to summarize or explain anyone’s life. There are too many ways a voice can turn. Many of the people I have met have struggled to find the right words to describe the weight of responsibility, loss, kindness, and dignity.
Based out of San Antonio, Texas, Michael Nye practiced law for ten years before pursuing photography full time. Recipient of a Mid-America National Endowment for the Arts grant in photography and a Kronkosky Foundation grant, he participated in two Arts America tours in the Middle East and Asia, and has exhibited and lectured widely in museums and universities, including Morocco, India, and Mexico. His photographic journeys include projects in Russian Siberia, Iraq after the first Gulf War, Palestine, China, and Labrador.
His photography and audio exhibitions, "Children of Children" (stories of teenage pregnancy) and "Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness", have traveled to over 120 cities in the United States and continue to tour. "About Hunger & Resilience" debuted at the Witte Museum in San Antonio in 2010.