Responding to art with open mind
I am the photographer of the exhibit that prompted this response from David Egner in Saturday’s paper: “Ask your son or daughter how they feel about men dressing up as women-prostitutes. Ask yourself how you feel about the prostitution of art itself, next door to the Rutland County Boys and Girls Club.”
I respond to Mr. Egner’s letter as a parent. How would I want my own son and daughter to respond to these photographs of performers preparing backstage before the monthly drag show at the Rainbow Cattle Co. in Dummerston, Vt.?
I hope they would respond with a sense of curiosity and an open mind, a respect for differences and the bravery to ask questions about something they may not understand.
After asking those questions — or after listening to the show’s audio, in which the performers beautifully express why they do what they do — I would hope my children might come to hold the deep respect that I have for these drag queens, for their courage and creativity and sense of fun.
Those who are interested can see all images and hear all audio at www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/vision-voice/rainbow/