SOHO Photography Exhibit
January 28-February 6, 2012
The Art League is featuring a special exhibit of photographs taken by this year’s SOHO ("Space of Her Own") class January 28-February 6, 2012 in The Art League Gallery.
SOHO, a "Space of Her Own," is an award-winning outreach program that engages at-risk, low-income, 5th-grade girls in a year of personal growth centered on art. This special collaboration between The Art League and the City of Alexandria's Court Service Unit pairs each girl with an adult, female mentor to participate in art lessons led by Art League artist instructors. Each week, girls and mentors work together to create expressive artwork. These sessions become the catalyst to discuss larger life concerns, decision-making, and emotional issues. At the completion of the program, the teams remodel each of the girls' bedrooms, incorporating all of their artwork, to truly give each girl a "space of her own."
For this project, Art League instructor Allison Duvall gave the 11 SOHO girls a basic photography workshop, and then each girl was given a point and shoot camera, a roll of black and white film, and was tasked with taking photos of the people, places, and things most significant to them.
After shooting an entire roll of film, the girls went into the darkroom and developed the image that held the most significance to them. They then wrote an accompanying statement, which is displayed beside their photograph.
The show provides an inside look into the world of these girls, and an opportunity for viewers to see how the SOHO outreach program has a positive impact on its participants and the Alexandria community.