Community Story Lab Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 5–8pm | This exhibition celebrates Venice Arts' yearlong experiment in media arts storytelling and participatory arts engagement for adults—the Community Story Lab. Over the course of the past year, a group of adults—some of whom had no prior experience with photography—gathered twice a month with Lead Artist and Guggenheim Fellow in photography Sara Terry to shoot a group documentary project on the Venice community and to discover and explore the power of their own voices as storytellers. In addition, a monthly Drop-In Lab, led by public practice artists Michelle Glass and Andrea Dominguez, gave participants the opportunity explore new artistic strategies and experiment with a variety of art materials to create mixed media works and become effective storytellers.
"Community Story Lab was creative soul food for me. It ran a continuous, sustaining line through a rocky year, in the company of the very humans I would have wished for. We came together from a range of worlds—ages, neighborhoods, cultures—and worked together with more questions than answers." - Penina, Community Story Lab Participant
On Saturday, March 28 from 5–8pm, we celebrate the work these participant photographers produced over the course of this innovative arts engagement project. Come be part of our community and join us for the grande finale to a fantastic year of discovering one's visual voice! The exhibition will be on view March 28–May 2, 2015.
Participant Photographers: Catherine Allison | Leticia Antonio | Laurence Braude | Angela Marcela Carvajal Pulido Correa | Jaydee Dizon | Sharon Fatah | Penina Finger | Cheryl Francis | Alicia Gibbs | Efren Guerrero | Josephine La Rosa | To Nga Nguyen | Cristina Portillo | David Tinnius Rossi | and Teaching Assistant Alma Juarez
Above: Selected photographs from participants of the Community Story Lab
The Community Story Lab is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.
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The Community Story Lab: Bird's Eye View
In September’s Storyteller’s Voice, part of the Community Story Lab participants photographed from two distinct positions: above their heads and below their feet. Where does the photographer stand? What is the photographer not seeing? And how do these physical and metaphorical questions affect the resulting photograph?
Venice Arts’ Community Story Lab, like the bird’s eye or worm’s eye viewpoints that the photographers explored in this shoot, encourages participants to explore and see the world in a new way. By pairing pairing adult community members with professional artists, Venice Arts hopes to encourage everyone--especially those with limited access to the arts--to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi-media.
The photographs from this shoot are close examinations, with the smallest of details kept under scrutiny. Many became abstract. Poles, power lines, and flags distort into the horizontal; beaches, oceans, and gravel became repeating patterns. Participants zoomed in on the images that we often discard: threads that embroider skirts, grains of sand or air bubbles in a flowing river, and our trusty feet at work.
What do you overlook or discard? Or, who or what do you look up to?
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