As with the previous post, here is an exhibition opening next week on the subject of those with problems seeing, this time from the point of view of a photographer witnessing prom night at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In “Blind Prom,” Sarah Wilson evokes a sense of teenagers struggling with the same issues of identity as their sighted peers. These teenagers just seem a bit happier and a lot less world weary.
Alongside Wilson’s “Blind Prom,” Colby Katz is exhibiting “Beauty Pageants,” a look at a more desperate world where the ideal seems to be a simulation of a Barbie doll and parents are barely behind the scenes orchestrating ambitions.
One group lives within and for Image; the other, being blind, has largely avoided it.
Both Katz and Wilson are former students at New York University, where I teach. Their show opens May 28 at Foley Gallery in New York City’s Chelsea.