Turning the Lens on Each Other: at the Field Gallery

"inside/Out: Teen Portrait Identity" moves far beyond the selfie.

"Torrie" by Patricia Corrodus, 2014
"Torrie" by Patricia Corrodus, 2014

With the rise of the selfie as the expression of teen identity today (the cell phone, the webcam, the casual, quick photo on social media), a new project on display at the Field Gallery turns the camera’s gaze outward. How do inner-city youth see their friends, allies, strangers, neighbors, a frenemy? 

In this series, Patch will bring you some of their answers, using photos from the exhibit "Inside/Out: Teen Portrait Identity," one of the Field Gallery's  most fresh, original, and authentic shows. 

Led by artists and educators Jo-Ann Brody and Jamelah Zidhan, urban youth were taught the history and technique of portrait photography. The teens were then broken up into small groups, where they turned the lens on each other, says curator Alicia Morgan. 

"These young artists had an invaluable opportunity to express themselves in a way they’ve never had in recent times: a chance to connect by looking beyond preconceived notions of self," Morgan says. "The result is an astounding view of what they see of each other, and by extension, what they see of themselves." 

The exhibit opens to the public March 27. An artist's reception will be held from 3:30-8 pm.

The Field Gallery is located in the Field Library at 4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill, New York. For further information please call   914-737-1212, email Alicia Morgan, Gallery Curator at  amorgan@wlsmail.org , or visit the library's website at www.peekskill.org

joshua tanner March 21, 2014 at 10:33 PM
The nice thing about selfies is that they are - selfies. Once people teach others to take selfies are they really selfies anymore? Portrait photography is not new.
Lanning Taliaferro March 22, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Ah, Joshua Tanner: For teens raised in an Instagram world, portraiture is new; and like each generation of artists, they will create with fresh eyes.
george coniglio March 23, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Looking forward to visiting this exhibition.


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