(un)Forgotten

Armstrong Gallery

From Oct 04 to Oct 18, 2019
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Bridgeport, CT – The Armstrong Gallery is pleased to present the world premiere of “(un)Forgotten,” a photographic exhibition by Katie Settel, illustrating her remarkable journey into the Mansfield Training School, a shuttered mental institution residing on the Storrs Campus of UConn. It was here that Settel’s “lost” brother, Andy, spent most of his life until the facility was shut down in 1993 due to neglect and overcrowding.

The two-week exhibit opens October 4, 2019 with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Armstrong Gallery, located at 305 Knowlton Street in Bridgeport. Katie Settel will be present at the event.

“(un)Forgotten” is described as “a photography-based exhibit about a common, shame-filled-secret: a ‘forgotten’ sibling. “I have a brother who is intellectually challenged and when he was born, doctors urged my parents to send him to an institution,” Settel explains. “As a kid, I always knew of Andy, but had never met him and was always haunted by that — he was a family member we rarely spoke of. But what I’ve learned when sharing this story is that I’m not the only one with this lost history. There are still a ton of brothers and sisters in group homes that are alone because this secret endures.”

Through an artistic encounter of powerful images captured at the abandoned institution and their haunting contexts, Settel believes her photographs will draw viewers into an emotional space of awareness, understanding and possibly healing. “I want to tell my story, show that there is no shame. I want to combine history with today's acceptance and unite families so that they may become advocates for siblings who cannot speak for themselves.”

Contact Name: Katie Settel

Contact Email: katie@katiesettel.com

Contact Phone: (917) 922-8090

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This event is free of charge.

Venue

Armstrong Gallery
305 Knowlton Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608

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Parking in front and large lot on the side.

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No accessibility info available.

Additional Dates

DateStartEnd
Tue, 10/15/20194:00 pm8:00 pm
Wed, 10/16/20194:00 pm8:00 pm
Thu, 10/17/20194:00 pm8:00 pm
Fri, 10/18/20194:00 pm8:00 pm

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