Diver­sity is on show at ex­hi­bi­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

A PHO­TO­GRAPHIC ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plor­ing the many faces of ge­netic dif­fer­ence is set to launched at Sun­shine Plaza on June 6.

The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures im­ages by New York-based award win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher, and ad­vo­cate for chang­ing so­ci­etal at­ti­tudes, Rick Guidotti.

Mr Guidotti worked for many years as a fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher be­fore found­ing his not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Pos­i­tive Ex­po­sure.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion de­vel­ops ex­hi­bi­tions, lec­tures, work­shops, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams and ini­tia­tives with cel­e­brate the beauty of hu­man diver­sity.

Mr Guidotti’s Ma­roochy­dore ex­hi­bi­tion is the first ex­hibit of its kind in Aus­tralia that fo­cuses on chil­dren and adults af­fected by ge­netic con­di­tions lo­cated on the 18th chro­mo­some, along with a num­ber of other ge­netic con­di­tions.

The im­ages were cap­tured at var­i­ous Sun­shine Coast lo­ca­tions at the end of last year by Rick, founder of the global hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tion Pos­i­tive Ex­po­sure, in late 2017.

Mr Guidotti was back on the Coast to launch the ex­hi­bi­tion and said he was de­lighted to catch up with the many new friends he met dur­ing the photo shoot.

“The lo­ca­tions are stun­ning and we had a ball with this amaz­ing com­mu­nity and with so many chil­dren and fam­i­lies, cel­e­brat­ing their diver­sity,” he said.

“I’m so thrilled to be able to bring this ex­hi­bi­tion to the Coast and it would be great to see it tour fur­ther across the coun­try.”

Mr Guidotti was com­mis­sioned by The Chro­mo­some 18 Registry and Re­search So­ci­ety Aus­trala­sia sup­port group in late 2017 to create the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Chro­mo­some 18 Registry pres­i­dent Mar­lene Brightwell said it held the vi­sion of bring­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion to a pub­lic space, rather than a tra­di­tional gallery, so the gen­eral pub­lic have the op­por­tu­nity to meet peo­ple liv­ing with rare ge­netic con­di­tions.

“We’re thrilled to have Sun­shine Plaza sup­port us, by pro­vid­ing the space to hold the ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

“Rick has also been work­ing with USC stu­dents and staff in­clud­ing cu­ra­tor Me­gan Wil­liams, to bring to­gether a very spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on dis­play each Sat­ur­day and Sun­day un­til July 15.


DIVER­SITY STARS: Rick Guidotti with two stars of the ex­hi­bi­tion, Al­ly­cia Sta­ples and Mitchell Run­cie.

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