The work of Troy Thompson will be featured in the next installment of the Lamar Soutter Library’s Artist in Residence series. For his No Evil Project, Thompson has photographed more than 5,000 people posing as the three wise monkeys in an effort to challenge stereotypes and encourage conversation around the topics of race, religion, politics, sexuality, disabilities and more. The exhibit will be on display on the first floor of the library from Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Oct. 31.
The project currently has four permanent installations; has photo shoots at festivals, colleges, schools, and other organizations; and facilitates youth programming around labels, self-awareness, and anti-bullying.
In addition to images from the No Evil Project, Thompson’s exhibit will feature nature landscapes that he describes as “peaceful places in New England.”
“My photography is personal and captures the experiences of my life,” said Thompson. “I rarely set out with a plan to take a particular shot, but rather bring my camera along while hiking and exploring new places. When something special catches my eye, whether it is an inspiring scenic view in a national park, a small detail of nature that others may normally overlook, or just something I find funny, I try to capture the moment to share with others. Even with my No Evil Project, bringing people together to change stereotypes in a fun way is a reflection of my personality and having a multi-racial family.”
For additional information about the Artist in Residence series, visit http://library.umassmed.edu/lsl_now/Troy-Thompson-No-Evil-Project-Photography.