VPA presents "Pondiwalk" art exhibit

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The Visual & Performing Arts Division of Gulf Coast State College is excited to present “Pondiwalk,” an art exhibit by GCSC Professor Tammy Marinuzzi.

“Pondiwalk” is an ongoing project to raise awareness about the life of young girls in India’s pottery caste. The exhibit specifically focuses on the small village of Thuvaradimanai, which was the inspiration for Marinuzzi during her trip to India as a visiting artist and instructor at Goldenbridge Pottery in Pondicherry, India. Over the decades, the need for their products has dwindled due to cultural changes and the use of new materials, like cement and plastic, and they have been faced with redefining their purpose. While some have found niche markets, many face the difficult choice of leaving traditions in search of jobs in urban centers.

Pondiwalk is Marinuzzi’s response to these realities. She’s pledged to walk the distance between Panama City to Pondicherry, India (9,514 miles) and to date has completed more than 4,000 miles. Her vision is focused on the trickle-down effect when a community has to redefine revenue streams and purpose and what happens to the young girls who run the hazard of becoming the least of the least in these scenarios.

  • The exhibit will be on display in the Amelia Center Main Gallery (Room 112) January 26 - February 9, 2018.
  • Marinuzzi will present a lecture about the project on Friday, January 26 in the Amelia Center (Room 128) from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., and a reception will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery.
  • Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free and open to the community for all of the above.

For more information, please contact Pavel Amromin at pamromin@gulfcoast.edu or 872.3886.