Artist Bio:Dr. Laura Emiko Soltis is a documentary photographer and human rights educator based in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work focuses on the people and places she encounters as a social justice activist, musician, and movement photographer in the South. Specifically, as a participant in the migrant farmworkers' movement, the undocumented youth movement, and racial and economic justice movements, she is able to capture vibrant images of individual courage and collective struggle on the front lines of radical democratic change. Soltis received her PhD from Emory University in 2013, where she completed her dissertation and photo essay on the global human rights strategies and cultural practices of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, an interracial farmworker movement organization in South Florida. Soltis currently serves as the executive director of Freedom University, a modern freedom school for undocumented students in Georgia. Her photographic work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Urban Cusp, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Blog Series, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and numerous online and print media.
The Ethics & the Arts Initiative of the Center for Ethics presents insights about understanding ethics by inspiring conversations and motivating action through various forms of artistic expression. The visual arts installations range in medium. Artists are selected because their art engages controversial social issues in provocative ways. The works tell stories of human struggle and triumph. The Center for Ethics Art Gallery also allows visitors to engage with the artist through artist talks. Join us in interacting with these works of art to better grasp the meaning that informs their creation.