Summary: ETHEL is challenging fans to document what America means to them through photos.  ETHEL encourages everyone to document the adverse effects of modern life on America and its environment (including social issues, culture, politics and race).  Whether it’s your local subway station, community garden or annual tax return, America means and conjures up different things, places, people and images for different people.  Post photos on Instagram and/or Twitter using #mydocumerica and you’ll automatically be entered to win complimentary tickets to see ETHEL’s Documerica, a world premiere multi-media work combining new contemporary classical music, today’s top string quartet and stunning projection art set to haunting images of the 1970s courtesy of the EPA’s Project Documerica.

Inspiration: In 1972, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency began Project Documerica, an initiative that sent nearly 100 photographers across America to document the adverse effects of modern life on the environment (including social issues, culture, politics and race). Over the next seven years, these artists submitted 80,000 images that capture an era of both industrial pollution and aspirational environmental legislation and conservation.  Extrapolated from the archive’s images are stunning references to strip mining, political protest, car culture, pollution, unemployment, inflation, fashion trends, recreational pastimes, natural beauty, and urban decline, bringing an era fraught with social upheaval into dialogue with the present.

Deadline: Submit photos before September 25, 2013.  Winners will be announced September 26, 2013.

Share: Randomly selected images will be on display in the lobby at the Harvey Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Oct 2-5, 2013.

Winners:  Four randomly-picked winners will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a performance of the world premiere of ETHEL’s Documerica at the 2013 BAM Next Wave Festival Oct 2-5, 2013.

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