Over the last two weeks, you may have seen some familiar and not so familiar faces covering the walls of our city. These photos belong to a project that’s a part of the Global Art Initiative “Inside Out”. As part of this year’s Manifesto Festival, they brought together 24 photographers to shoot community members and post their images up in their communities, turning the city itself into a gallery. The theme of the Toronto activation was “intergenerational”, looking at the beautiful diversity found across Toronto within our children, mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends. You can find these images in different neighbourhoods including: Regent Park, Eglinton West, Kensington Market, Queen West, Shaw Street, Parkdale, Liberty Village, Eastern Avenue, Jane and Finch, Rexdale and more.
“Public art is a vital form of communication and a critical part of the city’s vibrancy. With pending cuts to public funding for the arts in Toronto we needed to send a loud message to the decision makers that art makes people feel good and brings global attention to our city,” says Che Kothari, Manifesto Executive Director.
About Inside Out
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images will be made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate individuals or in a group; posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window to a wall of portraits on an abandoned building or a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable virtually.
For more info visit insideoutproject.net
To see more photos from the project CLICK HERE.