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Positive: HIV/AIDS in Uganda

Gallery: Positive: HIV/AIDS in Uganda

The exhibit brings together the work of photographers Meredith Montague (BMC 2003) and Jenna Mulhall Brereton (BMC 1996).


Positive: HIV/AIDS in Uganda

The John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center at Haverford College presents "Positive: HIV/AIDS in Uganda," a photography exhibit featuring the work of Bryn Mawr College alumnae Jenna Mullhall Brereton and Meredith Montague. The exhibit runs Thursday, October 23-Sunday, November 23 in the Humanities Center Gallery (Stokes Hall Room 102).

In Uganda, 940,000 people live with HIV/AIDS; 1.2 million are orphaned; 211 suffer AIDS-related deaths each day. The photographs in this exhibit reflect the reality of HIV/AIDS in Uganda: poverty and waste, the loss of a generation, and children without parents. Photographs of a shelter for homeless children offer a glimpse into the lives of orphans in the capital city of Kampala, while photographs of two families in the rural region of Rakai offer further insights into the impact of the disease. It also captures families and communities supporting one another, and the strange beauty of surviving. This exhibit reflects the aftermath of a diagnosis for families, but also the determination to push ahead, and the hope that the picture can still be changed.

The exhibit brings together the work of photographers Meredith Montague and Jenna Mulhall Brereton. The two women met in Uganda in 2005, where they each were documenting the struggles of those affected by HIV/AIDS and the efforts of local and international relief organizations.

Jenna Mulhall Brereton earned her B.A. in French and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College in 1996.  She will earn an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University this year. Her photo education has included master classes at the Maine Media Workshops and the International Center of Photography.  Brereton is currently a language teacher and freelance photographer, and most recently undertook projects in Honduras and Peru in addition to Uganda.  Inspired by the NGOs with which she worked in Uganda, Brereton has given presentations for audiences in the U.S. on the state of education, healthcare, development, and conflict in Uganda, and has initiated campaigns to raise awareness as well as funds for grassroots organizations in Uganda working to support social change.

Meredith Montague graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2003 with a B.A. degree in French and History of Art.  She obtained a Professional Certificate in photography from Rockport College in 2005.  After several years of assisting and teaching photography at the Maine Media Workshops in mid-coat Maine, Montague relocated to Charlottesville, Va. in late 2006, where she works full time as a documentary photographer.  In addition to her freelance work, she is a contributing organizer to LOOK 3: Festival of the Photograph and works as an assistant to National Geographic staff photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.

A reception for “Positive” will be held Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. in Stokes Room 102. The reception will follow a public reading by Ugandan novelist and fiction writer Glaydah Namukasa, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. and is sponsored by Haverford’s Writing Program and Department of Anthropology.

Gallery hours for the Humanities Center are Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, contact Matthew Seamus Callinan, Campus Exhibitions Coordinator, at (610) 896-1287 or mcallina@haverford.edu.

Haverford College is located at 370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041.

Sponsored by a generous grant from The Leaves of Grass Foundation.

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