Last week, in the Jefferson Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, artist and designer Azadeh Shladovsky inaugurated her new collaborative program and studio space with a preview of a three-day photo exhibition and auction that benefited the New York nonprofit Lens on Life Project. The organization provides computer literacy and photography training to vulnerable youth in the United States and around the world, equipping them with the skills and creativity to support themselves, their families, and their communities. The works in the exhibition capture the environment and daily life from the perspective of Congolese teenagers who took the photos, and also include several large format photos by the Brooklyn-based Haiti-raised photographer Philip-Daniel Ducasse, who was an apprentice a film photography course for these youngsters in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Focused on her missions, Ducasse curated the exhibition and Shladovsky designed the exhibition. The former preferred to photograph and provide a platform to those who have traditionally been underrepresented, including immigrants like him. The latter created her studio as an opportunity to challenge preconceived notions about collaborating and exhibiting artists, inspired to make meaningful changes in the world by activating people and organizations working to shift the narrative around populations that go unseen .
Notable attendees at the event were Alexandra Loew, Dario Calmese, Suzanne Donaldson, Leikeli47, Shulamit Nazarian, and Steve Olson.
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