The Frannie Peabody Center is partnering with the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies again to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Maine.

This year’s exhibit, “Seeing ME: Profiles of Resilience,” opens Friday and runs through Dec. 5 at the Salt Gallery at 561 Congress St. in Portland. A special reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1, which is World AIDS Day.

The exhibit features individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Salt graduate Smith Galtney photographed and interviewed a range of people, including medical providers, advocates and people who are HIV-positive.

“With the continued impact of stigma on our ability to bring an end to the epidemic, it was important for us to bring real faces to the forefront and illustrate the fact that it takes our entire community to address the issue,” said Katie Rutherford, director of development at the Peabody Center. “Salt Institute has provided us with an incredible platform and resource to get that message across to new audiences.”

Galtney captured personal stories and photographs of individuals who shared their insight into their experiences with HIV/AIDS.

The reception on World AIDS Day is free and open to the public.

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