These two weeks are critical in re-inspiring us to continue our self-identity and -exploration work.
Coming off of our FutureWorlds conversations on the monetization of Black people, in the Fall session, we learned a lot about ourselves and how important self-love and care is. We used portraiture, which is a form of art that was not always accessible to people and families of color, to appreciate ourselves and also think about our brands and how we want people to remember us. These pieces allow space for us to appreciate ourselves and also think about our brands and how we want people to remember us.
Portraiture can also be a way to highlight people and show appreciation/compassion for those that may not always be appreciated. For the first two weeks, each apprentice is making a list of 5 to 10 people that they admire for any reason – And I’m especially encouraging people to choose unsung heroes (People that are not famous or maybe have not been highlighted enough before), and to send them a message of gratitude. In week two, apprentices are starting to create portraits of at least one of those people.
-Ysanel Torres, Visuals Instructor