Tuesday, February 12, 2019
9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Exhibition from January 25, 2019 through March 30, 2019. In 2017 over 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Half of these deaths were a result of heroin use and exposure to the fatal synthetic opioid fentanyl. For Philadelphians, the crisis descends over just about every neighborhood, carrying a varied impact. Philadelphia’s overdose rate is horrifically high – in 2017 alone, 1,217 people died from an overdose, an estimated 1,100 people were lost last year.
Photographer and Drexel University alumnus Jeffrey Stockbridge, '05, has captured the veracities of the epidemic through the lens of a decade long photography project focused on the opioid crisis in Philadelphia, that will be on display at Drexel.
The exhibition will feature photography, audio interviews, videos and journal entries. Video excerpts from "Embedded in the Badlands" a documentary series created in collaboration with reporter Courtenay Bond Harris and video editor Hunter Siede visually depict the various aspects of the deadly epidemic that is the focal point of the exhibition. Stockbridge utilizes a combination of photographic styles and formats to portray the emotional, and physical impact of drug addiction and briefly lets viewers peer into the state of mind of these individuals suffering and struggling with substance use.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 25th from 5:00PM – 7:00PM in the Paul Peck Alumni Center. The Gallery is open Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 4:00PM and every Saturday from noon to 5PM. The entrance is located off Perelman Plaza at the rear of the building. The Gallery is free and open to the public.