Monday, August 9, 2010

The Dunes Presents: The Gallery at Social this Friday

Please join us for a private preview of The Gallery at Social - where The Dunes regularly will showcase DC-area creatives, exploring the intersection of art from all media, music, fashion, cuisine, and mixology.

At this friends and family opening, we will debut Sabbatical - a series of fundraising events in support of local artists who are traveling abroad to document international social issues and culture primarily through phot
...ography and videography. This first installment will feature Jocelyn Weiss, a DC-based photographer who will be traveling to Nepal in November.

Video exhibit by Jocelyn Weiss (shown above)
Photo Installations by Pete Muller, Peter Van Agtmael and Yacouba Tanou
Music by Adrian Loving
Designer Cocktails by Jake Worth (of Marvin)
Menu by Social Restaurant

$10 donation, all going towards funding the artist's sabbatical
Entry includes a complimentary cocktail

Sabbatical, Volume 1: Jocelyn Weiss
"At times it seems that the artist within me and the epidemiologist that I have trained to be cannot coexist. I wish to have a camera in my hand at all times, but I also want to help others and to make a difference.

In November, I will have one of the rare opportunities to merge my passion for photography with my training in public health by traveling to Nepal on a medical mission trip. I will be shooting images and volunteering with medical and health education projects in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Sabhung.

Many communities of Nepal are at a lack of sufficient medical care, educational resources, and clean drinking water. Congenital heart disease, in particular, is a significant cause of illness and death in Nepali children.

In Pokhara, I will be joining a team of physicians and volunteers from the U.S. and Nepal to set up a heart camp, which will focus primarily on heart disease education, screening and general check-ups, with referrals for surgery as needed. At a health camp in Sabhung, we will perform much needed pap smears, parasite testing, basic first aid and hygiene education to approximately 1,200 women and children. In Kathmandu, I will spend time at an orphanage, at the Cardiology department at Patan Hospital, and at a Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH). At the NRH, severely malnourished children are nursed back to health while their mothers are educated about nutrition and childcare.

All along, I will be documenting the work that we will be doing so that my images will tell the stories of the women and children whose lives we impact."

Friday, August 13th
6 to 9 p.m.
The Gallery at Social
1400 Meridian Place NW (Meridian Place Side Entrance)
Washington, DC

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