Exhibition Dates: Opening 2/25/2022
Location: Nicholas Gallery
We all come from somewhere.
Whether in our own lifetime, or that of our ancestors, we come under a variety of circumstances; we bring with us different names, foods, and customs; we come alone, and with our families. We come because we want to, because we have to, and because we have no choice. Our paths are interwoven: each individual’s journey becomes a part of the culture we share. In learning each other’s stories we develop a sense of belonging, and responsibility, to something larger than what we knew before.
Out of Many began as many projects of The Documentary Works do, with conversations about things we value, and about which we are concerned. Migration is something that affects us all, and which is at the essence of what makes this country what it is. We wanted to contribute to the conversation about where we all come from, in a positive and respectful way.
Out of Many – Stories of Migration is a series of exhibits, events and conversations centering around the work of five photographers working out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The project features the faces and experiences of multiple generations of migrants and immigrants, and their descendants. With original, contemporary photography and essays, Out of Many uses Pittsburgh’s story as a lens through which to examine the broader American immigration and migration experience.
Curated by Laura Domencic and Brian Cohen, the project highlights the photography of Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill. A book of the photography, designed by Brett Yasko, features essays by Public Radio journalists Erika Beras and Reid Frazier. Working with the premise that “we all come from somewhere,” the group explores the central role that migration has played, and continues to play, in the formation of our identity and culture, and in sustaining our economy – and in so doing, aims to create a space for civil, constructive conversation about belonging and cultural heritage today.