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Artist Reception: Through Each Other's Eyes

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Vision Gallery

10 East Chicago Street

Chandler, AZ 85225

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Through Each Others Eyes™ began in 1988 as an artistic element of the first “Japan Week” sponsored by the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission. The concept then—as it continues to be today—is for two Phoenix photographers to visit another country, stay with host photographers in that country, and document the cultural life: the people and the environment. The two Phoenix photographers would then host two photographers from abroad and guide them to people and places in Arizona, with the result being an exhibition of 80 photographs: 20 from each photographer. The exhibit is then displayed multiple times in both the United States and abroad with the hope that all of us can learn to understand and appreciate a different culture through photography.

After five annual exhibitions with Japanese photographers, Through Each Others™ began an exchange with photographers in Hermosillo. The first exhibit was held in Hermosillo in 1995, traveling to Phoenix in 1996. The exhibit displayed here marks the 9th exchange TEOE presentation between Phoenix and Hermosillo photographers, and through multiple displays in Arizona and Mexico more than 200,000 people have attended TEOE exhibits.

The organization, controlled by a President and Board of Directors in Phoenix, became a non-profit corporation in 1999 and has now completed exchange exhibits with photographers in 11 cities around the world: Chengdu (China), Baguio (The Philippines), Havana (Cuba), Ennis (Ireland), Edinburgh (Scotland), Catania (Sicily), Prague (Cech Republic), Grenoble (France), and Cairns (Australia), in addition to Himeji (Japan) and Hermosillo. These exchanges have led to close friendships among the photographers, and images of high quality showing the people and environment of the exchange cities.

Especially at this time, with political messages of hostility being voiced along the U.S. – Mexico border, it is important to display images that help to unite, and not divide, the people of both countries. This exchange exhibit with the photographs of Juan Casanova and Dionisio Corral of Hermosillo, and Brandon Sullivan and Gina Santi of Phoenix, clearly demonstrates how much we have in common, and how warmth and kindness permeates both of our cultural heritages.

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