Alliance photographer to exhibit at art walk
Local photographer Bette Lee will be exhibiting a portion of her
work at the Last Thursday Art Walk on May 29 in southeast
Portland. The exhibit will take place at office of The Portland
Alliance at 2807 SE Stark St. from 6-11 p.m.
Lee, whose images are frequently found in the pages of The Alliance
(we'll have some pictures on the web soon), is considered by many
as the unofficial photographer of Portlands Left. She has
been photographing the activities of mass political movements for
over 20 years, starting with the anti-nuclear campaigns of the early
1980s. Since moving to Portland, the Singapore-born photographer
has captured some of Portlands most tempestuous moments, including
police attacks on protesters over the last several years. Lees
work also includes images from anti-globalization activity including
the WTO protests in Seattle in 1999 and subsequent anti-globalization
and anti-capitalist demonstrations in Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
and San Francisco.
Political protest isnt the only focus of Lees camera.
In addition to her work with Portlands left, Lee has studied
the citys exotic dancer culture, producing a series of photographs
that are both erotic and questioning about image and reality. Lee
has also produced a series of still life pieces that are clearly
a tip of the hat to Edward Westons highly stylized images
of peppers and other vegetables.
Lees work wont be found in the usual galleries around
town. She is a sharp critic of the gallery system, which she sees
as an agent for commodifying art and exploiting those who create
it. Her photographs have been shown at the Interstate Firehouse
Cultural Center and other smaller, non-traditional venues.
The May 29 exhibit will include a variety of photographs representing
her work and a series of postcards based on her photographs.