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On display August 23 through September 30, PhoPa Gallery will be showing Signs of Your Identity, an exhibition of photographs by Daniella Zalcman, who won the 2017 Arnold Newman Prize in New Directions of Portraiture Photography. The exhibition showcases double exposure portraits of Indigenous Canadians who experienced the residential school system. The photographs are displayed alongside quotes pulled from interviews Daniella conducted with the survivors. In conjunction with this exhibition, Maine Media Workshops + College has partnered with the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program to present a panel discussion entitled Speaking Truths which will be held on Tuesday, September 19th at 1pm at the Cohen Education Center. Using Zalcman’s series as a point of departure, the panel will aim to address the history and legacy of boarding schools in Maine, the experience of Wabanaki children in the child welfare system, and current healing efforts, including the Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


To learn more about Daniella's work, please visit her website.

To learn more about the Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission please visit this website.


Speaking Truths

A conversation on the lasting impact of the Maine child welfare system on Wabanaki people and ongoing efforts to heal through recognition and education.



Tuesday, September 19, 1pm

Free and open to the public

LOCATION: Cohen Education Center at the University of Southern Maine, 314 Forest Ave Portland ME


Matt Dunlap

Starr Kelley

Donna Loring

Jennifer Pictou

Daniella Zalcman



Signs of Your Identity by Daniella Zalcman

An artist reception will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 5-7pm

LOCATION: PhoPa Gallery, 132 Washington Ave Portland ME


A presentation of Maine Media Workshops + College and the University of Southern Maine's Stone Coast MFA Program