Photography exhibition shines a light on Tourette Syndrome

Southport Galleries presents the photography exhibition “Reflections; the faces of Tourette Syndrome” at a special opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 2-4 p.m. featuring the work of Kristie Kistner, the winner of the Fairfield Museum and History Center’s annual Images competition.

Kistner specializes in family and portrait photography. As a mother of two children with Tourette Syndrome or TS — a chronic neurological disorder characterized by repetitive involuntary movements and vocalizations called, tics — this exhibition is an opportunity to shine a light on the syndrome in portraits of children and young adults with TS.

“Reflections” will include the subject’s personal reflections on the disorder. According to Kristie, “Photography is the perfect medium to highlight the beautiful people living with this ugly disorder. With a photo, an image is frozen giving the viewer time to reflect on the subject without the distraction of tics. We as a society need to truly look at these people and understand they are no different than the rest of us. They are not a joke. They are not an annoyance. They are strong human beings who deserve to be seen.”

Southport Galleries co-owners, Sissy Biggers and Jennifer Cargill profess to being “inspired and enlightened by Kristie’s beautiful portraits” and look forward to opening the gallery and the community to a special family reception. The exhibition continues through Sept. 30.

Kristie Kistner grew up in NYC and lives in Fairfield with her husband and two children.

Southport Galleries is located at 330 Pequot Avenue, Southport. For more information, visit For more information about Kistner and her photography, visit

Photo by Kristie Kistner

Photo by Kristie Kistner

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