Exhibition of Photographs from a Dorchester Neighborhood, May 10-14

Keiko Hiromi’s “Monadnock Street,” a series of black and white photographs on view during the week of May 10 to May 14 at Doric Hall in the Massachusetts State House, features photographs of neighborhood residents, many of them first and second generation immigrants living in Dorchester, MA, where Hiromi also lives. Her raw, yet sensitive photographs show the daily lives of the people who live on Monadnock Street. This series has also been exhibited at the Brookline Arts Center.

Monadnock Street: an Exhibition of Photographs from a Dorchester Neighborhood, by Keiko Hiromi

Where: Doric Hall, State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston, MA

When: Monday, May 10, 2010 to Friday, May 14, 2010

Meet-the-Artist Reception: Friday, May 14, 2010; 4-6pm
Sponsored by State Representative Marie St. Fleur, 5th Suffolk District

Hiromi came from Japan to Boston 11 years ago to study in Boston. She graduated from the New England School of Photography in 2005. Coming from a non-American point of view, these photographs have come to be powerful and enlightening for everyone who has viewed them. “Monadnock Street” is a personal project for Hiromi, helping her come to realize more about herself and allowing her to learn and understand what it means to be a part of a community in an American society.

Besides exhibiting in several venues across America, Hiromi has participated at the Griffin Museum of Photography’s annual juried show in Boston, Simmons College Curatorial Studies Students’ show and the Photo Resource Center at Boston University. She has also won numerous awards for Monadnock Street, including Project Basho and Griffin Museum Emerging Artists Awards.

The Monadnock Street neighborhood has been a melting pot for immigrants over the better part of the last century. Thus it has a unique, vibrant quality not seen on other streets. Looking at Hiromi’s Monadnock Street, State Representative Marie St. Fleur commented, “Keiko Hiromi’s photographs are quite arresting, they capture the vibrancy, intensity, scarcity yet wealth in the lives of the Monadnock Street community.”