WALLA WALLA, Wash.—Artist/photographer Phil Borges, who has spent the last 20 years documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world, will present a lecture on images and social change when he visits the Whitman College campus on Thursday, Oct. 1.


            Borges will present a lecture in Maxey Auditorium, near the intersection of Boyer and Otis, at 7:30 p.m. His presentation, “Sowing the Seeds of Change: Imagery and Social Transformation,” is free and open to the public. Borges currently has an exhibit at Willow Loft Gallery, “Enduring Spirit: Photographs by Phil Borges and Special Guest Exhibitor Laci Cole.”


            Through his work, Borges strives to create a heightened understanding of the lives of people in the developing world. “I want the viewer to see these people as individuals, to know their names and a bit of their history, not just view them as an anonymous part of some remote ethnic or tribal group,” he says. For more information about Borges’ work and to see some of his striking images, visit www.philborges.com.


            Borges’ work — which includes publishing award-winning books, hosting documentaries for the Discovery and National Geographic channels, and creating an on-line classroom program (“Bridges to Understanding”) — inspired a collaboration between the Willow Loft Gallery, the YWCA After School Adventure Club and Whitman College (art department and Intercultural Center).


            In an effort to promote appreciation of cultural diversity among the Walla Walla community’s youth, children who attend the Adventure Club are creating their own interpretations of “cultural diversity.” To that end, they will learn how to interview and photograph their selected subjects (someone of an ethnic background different than their own), edit, organize and present results in a small body of work consisting of framed images and text.


            The young artists’ work will be overseen by Charly Bloomquist, adjunct assistant professor of art at Whitman College, and Cole, program director of the Walla Walla YWCA, along with selected students from Whitman’s art department and Intercultural Center.


            On Oct. 2, an artists’ reception for Borges and Cole will be held at Willow, 2 E. Rose, from 5 to 8 p.m. The Adventure Club’s “Students Explore Diversity” photographs also will be on exhibit.


            The culmination of this collaboration will be Friday, Oct. 16, at the Whitman College Intercultural Center, second floor of Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer, when the students’ works will be auctioned, with proceeds going to support the YWCA. For more information on this project, call the Intercultural Center at 527-5596.



CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156