Resilience with a dose of optimism might best describe the work included in the Roche Diagnostics art exhibition, Faces of a Community. When a call to artists focused on portraiture was released to the public in early 2021, the theme had the power to create conversation, suggest accountability, inspire compassion and express identity in new, artistic ways. The result—46 artists looking in and through the eyes of others to tell important stories relevant to this juncture in our history, a time punctuated with loss and longing.
Roche has partnered with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) since 2004, merging their biotech community and the general public through access to the arts via quarterly art exhibitions. What started as a simple campus beautification and “get to know your community” project 17 years ago has grown into exhibitions that are truly tied to the company mission of doing now what patients need next as well as a rich and impactful arts+business integration experience.
Faces of a Community illustrates the tempo and often private-gone-public sentiments of residents near Roche’s Southern Arizona site—artistic expressions that seem to reflect more broad 2020/2021 social themes of loss, exclusion, inequity, power and longing.