See below for the write up from the art show invitation. It was such an honour to work with these youth and be a part of this project.
About the exhibition
(July 11 – August 29, 2014)
Mural Arts invited printmaker Estraven Lupino-Smith to work with students at the Attic Youth Center, where they have created a space for young people to creatively explore their identity. After developing their own lexicon of identity symbols, students resisted binaries and have adhered to a language of gender expression that is their own. After thorough discussion about how they see themselves as LGBTQ youth in the world, the young artists created introspective self-portraits. By learning the techniques of printmaking and photography with Lupino-Smith, students screen printed their invented vocabulary of identity symbols and formed them into a frame. Inside each frame, students used the photographs they took of each other to create cyanotype portraits. Come and see the full exhibition of youth work from the Attic and join us for the opening night reception!
About the collaborating organizations:
The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to develop into healthy, independent, civic-minded adults within a safe and supportive community, and promotes the acceptance of LGBTQ youth in society.
The William Way Community Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the LGBT Communities of Greater Philadelphia. The art gallery program at the Center supports local and emerging LGBTQ artists.
The Mural Arts Program has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.