As we move through the streets of Waterville, there are both familiar and unfamiliar faces—but do we really see them? Do we really know our neighbors and fellow citizens?
— Sean Alonzo Harris
Like many cities throughout the United States, Waterville has welcomed new residents in recent years including more people of color and new Mainers. Organized by Waterville Creates! and the Colby College Museum of Art, I Am Not a Stranger: Portraits by Sean Alonzo Harris is a multi-venue photographic project composed of individual portraits of community members who live and work in Waterville. The exhibition will capture the faces of those who move among us each day, bearing witness to some of the unseen members of our community. Using a combination of photographic portraits and personal narratives, the project will create channels for telling untold stories, capture personal histories, and build bridges across difference. The photographs will be created using a digital camera and a black-and-white 8 x 10 film camera.
Waterville Creates! and the Colby Museum will partner to show all of the commissioned portraits. In addition, selections from this suite will appear at a series of public and private venues throughout the City of Waterville including the Waterville Public Library, Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville Opera House, and more.