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Sustain Me Baby 

When: March 28-June 26 2014
Price: Free admission
It’s not often that I sit in my car and cry in parking lots. But a while back, after having seen Chris Jordan’s Midway series — featuring photographs of dead baby albatrosses, whose stomachs were injured by plastics and trash that they’d eaten because humans hadn’t properly disposed of the materials — I did just that. Tears streamed down my face as I witnessed a flock of seagulls exploring the trash that filled the lot where I sat. Hopefully, UNC Charlotte’s newest exhibit, Sustain Me Baby, won’t have this particular effect on you, but if it does, don’t fight it — just let those tears flow! The exhibit features Joyce Dallal’s “The Other Toy Story,” a massive, 10-foot-tall trash receptacle that resembles a baby. Those attending the interactive installation are encouraged to throw plastic toys into the “baby” as a way of remembering that the waste we leave behind will affect the next generation. John Flynn’s Feed the Baby video, which chronicles the first installation of Dallal’s work, screens continuously in the gallery and some of Chris Jordan’s Midway photographs will also be on display. (Anita Overcash)

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