INSIDE OUT – the People’s Art Project: A global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art.
With a passion for photography, senior Caroline Clements is constantly looking for ways to stretch her boundaries. Always at the ready to explore and experiment with her camera, she jumped at a recent opportunity to photograph a small Armenian community — a connection made by World History teacher, James Campbell, while guiding his class through a study of the tragic Armenian Genocide.
Caroline met several members of the community at their church. They were shy and she was apprehensive. As soon as she expressed an interest in their culture and history, the relationships began to develop. One of the first individuals she captured was a young girl. It ended up being her favorite image of the day.
Upon reviewing Caroline’s work, photography teacher Mariana Depetris remarked how “raw, authentic and beautiful” the images were — just the inspiration Caroline needed to participate in the global art project – INSIDE OUT.
Open to anyone who is passionate, empathetic, and photographically inclined, INSIDE OUT ‘gives everyone the opportunity to share their portraits to make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.’
Photographers submit their digital portraits which are then printed as 36″ x 53″ posters and returned, with an expectation that they will be hung as “pastings” in public places throughout the community.
This project gives anyone a voice through his or her images.
Caroline has not yet decided where her work will hang, but she knows one thing…”I am trying to make a difference in the lives of those in this sweet Armenian community. When I expressed an interest in them as people and families, they couldn’t believe it. I am proud of my work, but I am even more proud of the relationships I have made.”
I WISH FOR YOU TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU CARE ABOUT BY PARTICIPATING IN A GLOBAL ART PROJECT, AND TOGETHER WE’LL TURN THE WORLD… INSIDE OUT.