Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Am Here: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces

Skylight Gallery at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza - Fulton Street between Marcy and Brooklyn Avenues in Brooklyn, New York will host an important exhibit on young girls starting on October 25, 2014.

I AM HERE: Girls Reclaiming Safe Spaces is an exhibition of photographs and words curated by renown photographer Delphine Fawundu and writer Ibi Zoboi. This exhibit features Delphine Fawundu's images portray girls of color around the world within their own unique safe spaces. Quotes from successful women of color will reflect on memories of a time when they were truly safe in their own skins, homes, and neighborhoods.

Within this context, "Safe Space" is defined as settings where girls of color are validated and affirmed and images portray positive reinforcements of happiness and security. The pure essense of these very candid slice-of-life images counter the often prevailing negative stereotypes of girls of color around the world as the sole victims of violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking etc. This exhibition and its supporting programs will explore the unending need to uplift the images of girls of color in order to reclaim the safe spaces of self, home, school, community, nation, and ultimately, the world. Photographs will be on display from October 25, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

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