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Freshmen Create Collective Portrait
Posted 04/13/2017 11:00AM


As you approach the Fonseca Center these days, you’ll see the faces of 31 Masters students gazing at you from the second-floor windows. The photo display is a collective portrait project by the grade 9 digital photo classes. 

The students began their Inside/Out project in January, working in pairs. “They collaborated in their roles both as subject and as artist,” says Upper School art teacher Cheryl Hajjar. “They had to have several conversations about how they wanted to be portrayed and how they wanted to portray others.”

“For the Inside/Out project the aim was specific,” Ms. Hajjar adds. “It was about showing a diverse student body in a caring community where each member brings a unique persona to the community.”

The photos were printed on translucent paper in order to be seen from both inside and outside the Fonseca Center. Ms. Hajjar says that the front of the Center was chosen as the installation site “because the architecture of the building, especially with its large panes of glass, is so conducive to the concept. We also wanted to install the photos in a spot that is accessible to the most people: students, faculty, staff, Board members, students from other schools, alums, and visitors.”

A reception for the artists will be held on the second floor of the Fonseca Center from 4:30-5:30 PM on Friday, April 21. All are invited to attend the reception to meet the artists and discuss the project.

Through their photo installation, the students are taking part in a global participatory art project called Inside Out. Inspired by the largeā€format street "pastings" created by an artist known as JR, “Inside Out gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for,” according to the project’s website. “It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. Each Inside Out group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Over 260,000 people have participated in 129 countries.”

Ms. Hajjar says she has asked for permission to upload an image of the ninth graders’ installation to the Inside Out Project website for possible inclusion in the worldwide project.

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