The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On View at City Hall: Curia

On View at City Hall: Curia
Arts Night Out Opening Reception: May 12, 2017, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Show runs May 12 – June 7, 2017

Charlotte Kohlmann
35mm film photographs printed on inkjet paper

This past summer, I re-traced my paternal grandmother's diary which chronicles her escape from Europe during World War II. I was able to visit the small town of Curia, Portugal which my grandmother described as a dull place "with nothing to do but take walks". Curia did not seem any different from her very description when I visited over seventy-five years later. I did not see or interact with any passersby; I could only take long, solitary walks. The Grand Hotel, pictured here, is the very hotel the Portuguese government temporarily housed refugees in and is where my grandmother and her family stayed. The hotel is now abandoned, with all of its furniture still intact. The heat from the various airport x-rays partially melted the film's cellulose and affected its development. In a way, the town reflects just how the film captured it.

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210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

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