Avery Point exhibition showcases work of late child labor documentarist

U. Roberto Romano's photograph of a bonded child laborer at a brick kiln. (Courtesy Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)
U. Roberto Romano's photograph of a bonded child laborer at a brick kiln. (Courtesy Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)

 

The Alexy von Schlippe Gallery at Avery Point's Branford House will host an exhibition this fall that seeks to remember the moving and impressive work of prolific photographer and documentarist U. Roberto "Robin" Romano.

Romano was an American director of several documentaries, including "The Dark Side of Chocolate" and "Stolen Childhoods" — feature-length works that detail child labor and human rights issues throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, among other locations, in the late 20th century. In the Avery Point exhibition, original photographs that Romano took while filming "Stolen Childhoods" will be on display, as well as prints during his jermal (off-coast fishing platforms) investigation in southeast Asia.

Romano's full body of work, an extensive multimedia collection made from 1972 to 2011, was donated to the University of Connecticut's Archives & Special Collections Department at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center when the artist died in 2013, though a sizeable amount was also donated to the university before, when UConn's William Benton Museum of Art held an exhibition on some of his work in 2006. The Avery Point show has been curated by the Archives & Special Collections Department, and a supplementary student-made exhibition detailing Romano's "Hidden Costs of Chocolate" documentary will also be on display.

An opening reception for the show will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the gallery located at the Branford House on the Avery Point Campus at 1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, and is free and open to the public. The show will run until Dec. 16. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Call (860) 405-9072.

U. Roberto Romano's photograph of a child laborer living on a fishing platform off the coast of southeast Asia. (Courtesy Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)
U. Roberto Romano's photograph of a child laborer living on a fishing platform off the coast of southeast Asia. (Courtesy Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries)

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