Bard College Student Wins Davis Projects For Peace Prize
For her project, Parra will facilitate a two-part workshop for young Venezuelans to learn photographic techniques and explore new equipment at a local arts collective. Participants will then take Polaroid cameras for a few days at a time to make images in their spaces, in their neighborhoods, and with their families. Young people will explore their everyday lives in a creative sense and discover how they want to represent themselves and share their story. The workshop will culminate in an exhibition to show their work—and their subjective truths—as young Venezuelans. This project includes talks for the community with local artists that are centered on understanding and discussing image making in a time of crisis. Parra will help local artists and educators continue this work beyond her stay in Caracas. Funds provided by the Davis prize, will allow the local arts collective to acquire the basic amount of equipment – a DLSR, tripod, light, Polaroid cameras and film – needed to continue the workshop in a practical manner.
“Through exploring photography and the process of image making, interested youth will hopefully find their agency, further engage their creativity, and share their narratives in a time when the world is seeing them not as who they are, but as symbols of what the government or the crisis represent. Not only will they combat this lack of representation, but they will cultivate a space for the storytelling and understanding which, in a time of crisis, are vital to peace building,” says Parra.
Projects for Peace was created in 2007 through the generosity of Kathryn W. Davis, a lifelong internationalist and philanthropist who believed that today’s youth—tomorrow’s leaders—ought to be challenged to formulate and test their own ideas. davisprojectsforpeace.org.
This event was last updated on 03-20-2018