Featuring Student artists from venicearts: Julissa, Silvia Curiel, Ashley Sanchez, Lilia Destin, Kayla M.
venicearts Advanced Photography students present their long-term personal projects. Working within the intimate themes of their own identity, students deepened their skills and knowledge in photography, while conceiving and investigating stories of personal relevance. Panelists will present and discuss their projects, which range from: coming of age as an LGBTQ person, escaping domestic violence, and a young person growing up on the cusp of two cultures, Oaxacan and American. The 24-week project included work-sharing and critique as well as review and discussion of select works by professional photographers leading to writing and book creation (the final project).
Founded in 1993, venicearts mission is to ignite, expand, and transform the lives of Los Angeles’ low-income youth through photography and film education, and to use our participatory storytelling practices to amplify the voices of underrepresented communities around the world.
Our programs teach young people how to use the camera to find their voice, establish self-representation and to share their world through visual storytelling.
In addition to our programs for Los Angeles area youth, venicearts host documentary-themed exhibitions, film screenings, and public programs at its gallery, and consults with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and foundations–locally and globally–on participatory photography and filmmaking projects, as well as on its award-winning media arts education pedagogy.