Pick of the Day: "A Wisdom About Hunger"
At newspapers, we have a certain way of telling stories. Often, it's not enough to let the people we write about speak for themselves. We like to provide context, cite statistics, and quote experts. But sometimes, a story is more powerful when you just get out of the way.
That is what Michael Nye has tried to do with his ongoing exhibit at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, TX, titled "About Hunger & Resilience."
Nye is a former lawyer who became a photographer and spent five years collecting stories about hunger. He took black-and-white portraits and recorded audio clips of his subjects talking about their experiences of not having enough to eat. He has assembled an eclectic mix of people: a woman locked in a closet for three days, a working mother too proud to get food stamps, an escapee of the Khmer Rouge , and an incest survivor who tried to starve herself to death.
The stories they tell-- how the people came to be hungry, their visceral descriptions of being hungry, how they coped with their hunger -- make for compelling listening.
As Nye explained to NPR's "All Things Considered," "One of the premises behind this project is a profound belief that everyone knows something that no one else knows — a wisdom about hunger."
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