‘Being and Becoming’ photo exhibit examines gender inequality and navigating masculinity

Jay Montague
Artist Chuck Egerton's self-portrait in "Being and Becoming" illustrates techniques he used to help project participants think deeply about their male self-identity.

On Aug. 22, “Being and Becoming: An  inquiry with Bahá’í men into cultures of peace,” a photography exhibit by Chuck Egerton, made its U.S. debut on the Guilford College campus in Founders Hall. The exhibit is on display in the Upper Atrium of Founders Hall through Oct. 25.

This photographic inquiry is Egerton’s doctoral research study and the topic of his art-based thesis. In “Being and Becoming,” Egerton looks into the unfinished struggle for gender equality in the present moment in everyday life.  In his Aug. 22 talk in Founders East Gallery, the artist said he hopes the exhibit, while on campus, will function as a community workshop, not just a photo gallery.

“Being and Becoming” also launched the Greensboro International Storytelling Festival, a new initiative presented by Guilford’s Peace and Conflict Studies Department and supported by the James Fleming Lecture Series.

In the days following his talk, Egerton facilitated a workshop for Guilford Initiate students. He was joined by a team of professors, including Dr. Zulfiya Tursunova, chairperson of Peace and Conflict Studies, with the goal of using Egerton’s new photographic method to help first-year students to better know themselves and set goals as they enter college life.