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"The Young Series" Photographs by Amy Touchette
Art Show, Art Talk, Gallery, Photography

Cal Poly's University Art Gallery will present "The Young Series," portraits of teenagers in O'ahu, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan and New York City by artist Amy Touchette to run Feb. 22 through Mar. 16. The exhibit will open with a talk by Touchette at 4p.m. Thursday Feb. 22 in Room 149 of the Dexter (Bldg. 34) on campus. A reception will follow at 5p.m. in the gallery, located on the ground floor of the Dexter Building (No. 34). Throughout her career, photographic artist Amy Touchette has explored connections between humanity, making photographs of people within their social groups and communities. A documentarian and a street photographer, Touchette has utilized the power of photography to create authentic portraits of those who interest her. In 2012, The New York Times published images from New York Young, Touchette's street portrait series of teenagers in New York City. The newspaper described the work as "a potent mix of street savvy and aching vulnerability …" New York Young inspired Touchette to make the same style of portraits of teenagers in O'ahu, Hawaii and Tokyo, Japan to discover what teen culture looks like in three disparate island nations. She writes: "Before travel became so ubiquitous, island populations were more sequestered … their culture would reflect that isolation in that it felt more unified and unique than landlocked settings. Although the world is globalized now, significant remnants of each island culture still exist. I thought that because these three locations had strong and distinct personalities, it would create a more heightened and interesting visual experience."