Wayne Sides: “Human Traces/L’essere Umano Traccia”
This body of artwork by Alabama photographer Wayne Sides examines icons and metaphors of what it means to be a minority, by race or ethnicity. The connections groups and regions of people have in common and share throughout their history, also was a central idea for the artist. The work uses words and images to draw visual comparisons between the stereotypes inherent in the cultures of both the United States and Italy.
In 2008, Sides visited Italy as part of a cultural exchange program organized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and Pietrasanta, Italy. He photographed the Roma (also known as Gypsies) and on his return to Alabama created art informed and inspired by the experience. His work speaks to issues of human rights, civil rights, and equality among people—issues illuminated by ASCA’s cultural exchange program and Sides’ artistic efforts.