This after-school program connected ten, middle school girls from Chicago’s West Side with ten girls of the same age from the Junior Art Club, an after-school program for underserved youth run by Kelvin Asare-Williams in Accra, Ghana. While deconstructing mainstream depictions of women, “Africans,” and “Americans,” participants used cameras, audio recordings, and autobiographical writing to represent themselves and their communities.
Each group exchanged work via email and post. The project culminated with a community exhibition at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago and the creation of a project website.
The following are a few images from that exhibition.
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