Lydia Panas comes to Keystone

The Arts — By on January 29, 2006 at 9:01 pm

Striking a balance between innocence and experience, the subjects in the recent works of photographer Lydia Panas – children, often – look directly into the camera with an openness that unites the artist’s vision with a less guarded view of the world.

“I photograph these scenes to prove to myself that what I see actually exists,” Panas said.

The Linder Gallery at Keystone College, La Plume, will host an exhibit “Lydia Panas: Recent Works” from Feb. 5 through March 12. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Along with her photos, the exhibit will feature work from Panas’ video project called “Immanent Fear.” Panas interviewed 50 people for the project, asking a series of questions on the nature of fear and how they express their fear. The questions were open-ended, and touched upon the interviewees’ beliefs about themselves and the world.

“I was most interested in how they talked about fear rather than what specifically each person was afraid of,” she said. Her questions ranged from “Describe what fear means to you” and “How do you get past your fears,” to “Are you afraid of terrorism” and “Why do you think the United States is in this conflict in Iraq.”

“I think all my work, on some level is always about tackling my fears,” Panas said.

“How I expose them and trying to find ways to express them visually.”

“Recent Works” will also feature works from her “Interior Portraits” series which was displayed on public bus shelters around the Lehigh Valley. “Interior Portraits,” according to Panas, depicts “…young people in states of transition. They are either intensely looking at the viewer or in various states of interior contemplation.”

“I hope they cause us to stop and think, and feel and consider the moment at hand.”

See Panas’ work at www.lydiapanas.com.

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