Maintaining a healthy relationship can be challenging, but the new art exhibit displayed in the Bronco Student Center helps students achieve a better understanding to keep their partner happy.
Created in a partnership between ASI and the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center, “Love: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly,” is a two-part art exhibit which focuses on the inner workings of a healthy relationship.
To properly recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a reception was held on Tuesday, Oct. 26 to introduce the exhibit and allow some of the individuals to share their personal stories.
“This is one of the exhibits I am most happy with,” said Maria-Lisa Flemington, curator for the Bronco Exhibit Galley. “The exhibit’s value varies for different people, but will allow people to relate to something so complex.”
The first part of the exhibit includes various photos of couples celebrating their love for one another in a unique way they are comfortable with. Below the photo is a brief description of the relationship and how the partners have maintained to keep the affection positive in their part.
Postcards were a second component to the exhibit that was passed out throughout campus and the surrounding community. On the postcards, individuals were able to anonymously write their thoughts on love and relationships based on experience or insight, and send them in to the center.
Erika Zepeda, coordinator for the center, was the photographer for the exhibit and spent the last few weeks taking pictures of the couples as they were told to pick a place on campus that best resembled their personality and nature of their relationship.
“Some couples were really shy, but this gave them an opportunity to express love for one another,” said Zepeda.
The center serves as a resource for individuals who are seeking support and advocacy after surviving intimate partner violence. When being the subject of the photo, fifth-year sociology student and center volunteer, Evelyn Garcia, kept in mind the message she wanted to send to the campus community.
“I want people to feel like there is hope and there is such a thing as healthy love out there,” said Garcia.
According to the website, 1 out of every 4 people in dating relationships have experienced intimate partner violence.
“Love is fun and playful, and is respecting each other,” said Zepeda. For more informatio, please visit dsa.csupomona.edu/vpwrc/#PageContent.