In 1999 Faculty Fellow in Art Eric Gottesman traveled to Ethiopia to photograph children orphaned by AIDS. He formed a collective called Sudden Flowers comprising six children between the ages of 8 and 18 who had lost both parents to the disease. Over the next 15 years the collective came to include more than 30 members, and together they made nearly 3,000 photos.

The children had disturbing, tragic stories, but through the photography project, Gottesman said, they “invented their own mythology, their own language to describe their lives: photographic fantasies as real, as immediate and as visual as memories.”