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dc.contributor.advisorCurl, David H.
dc.contributor.authorKlinepeter, Rebecca A.
dc.descriptionv, 71 p., slidesen_US
dc.description.abstractTwo years ago when I began taking the photographs for my Senior Individualized Project I thought that photographing people with HIV and AIDS would be a wonderful showcase for my skills as a photographer. I knew that it could be a dramatic, emotional and perhaps memorable SIP if done correctly. I was interested in impact which is what lead me to choose the subject of my Senior Individualized Project: people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. Somewhere along the way everything changed for me. The purpose of my SIP was no longer self-glorification. My SIP stopped being about my photography and started to focus upon the people I was photographing and the stories they had to share. All of the people were so unique. Each person that I met and photographed bridged an ethnic, social and sexual boundary that exists. I had no intentions of getting so involved with them. Initially I just wanted to take a couple of pictures, put up my SIP and graduate. Instead I have a new mother named Harriet, a spunky big sister Teresa and a huge black man named Simon calling me to see how I am doing. I wanted to take pictures. I stumbled into a new family and a Senior Individualized Project that took over my life. Each person I photographed led me to another. These people are a small family of interconnected stories. Each person plays a vital role in supporting each of the others. They live in a world where people infected with HIV and AIDS are outcasts. I could not have told the story of one without telling the story of each of the others and in telling their stories I have also told my own. This SIP explores the stereotypes, and burden of secrecy associated with HIV and AIDS. Through the people I met while working on my SIP I became a part of the web of support for those living with HN and AIDS. Although I always was a part of the story of HIV and AIDS in America completing my SIP helped me to discover that I am a part of a larger family. This show is a part of the support unit not only for those people that I photographed, but also for myself and my family. I have come to realize that you have to decide whether to allow HIV and AIDS into your life, not whether to care, but whether to let this suffering become a part of you. I do not remember making the decision to become more emotionally involved with this project than I had intended, but it happened. I had wanted to simply capture suffering on film, I realize now that instead of photographing suffering I embraced it. Instead of telling the stories of a group strangers I have told the story of my own family and hundreds of others like it in America today.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Art Senior Individualized Projects Collection
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. Art.;
dc.rightsU.S. copyright laws protect this material. Commercial use or distribution of this material is not permitted without prior written permission of the copyright holder. All rights reserved.
dc.titleMore than Just Faces: A Collection of Photographs and Interviews of People Infected and Affected by HIV and AIDSen_US
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    This collection includes Senior Individualized Projects (SIP's) completed in the Art and Art History Department. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff.

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