I feel tremendously fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from other ways of being, thinking, and making a life. It has been a joy to share in the imaginations and stories of the young people, and their families, I’ve come to know.
It was especially thrilling to watch the young photographers and filmmakers present their work to their families, and the other audience members who came to the events.
Sunday was the inauguration of the photo exhibit Being and Wellbeing, the product of my collaboration with Lauren in the community 12 de Junio. The exhibit, co-curated by the girls who participated in the workshops, was an exploration of the community through self and family portraits, and an investigation of community health issues. In the curation process, the girls wrote captions for their photos, explaining stories behind them, as well as imagining solutions for the problems they discovered through their photographic inquiries.
Over the next few months, I'll be working to create virtual versions of the complete projects, which I'll look forward to sharing.
Being and Wellbeing
(images and exhibition text)
Un Pedacito de la Selva en la Ciudad
(video stills and quotes from the film)
"And I want people to see that… For them not to give us that look that they do sometimes that makes us feel bad. Sometimes bad, sometimes sad. Because we feel that people see us as “poor people.” Yeah, well, maybe we’re not high class… We lack a lot, but we don’t want to be called “pobrecitos”—poor little things.""
We want people to value our culture."