This series of intricate portraits carries ten messages of hope, justice, and social change from the global South to over 20,000 people in the U.S.
How would the world be different if the marginalized had a microphone to broadcast their message, and if those who could make a difference had the bandwidth to listen?
Faces of Witness is a series of 22”x30” portraits that use text as pointillism–each portrait consists of 4500+ hand-drawn words from the person’s own powerful testimony. These voices of extraordinary “ordinary” Salvadorans challenge viewers to look beyond first impressions and discover how to realize a more just and dignified society.
The featured people speak movingly of survival, inequality, resilience, and hope for a better future. They are political activists and policemen, grandmothers and youth leaders, torture survivors and immigrants. Through their words, viewers engage with deep themes of social justice: the widening gap between rich and poor, causes of gang violence, healing after war, HIV/AIDS, the quest for human dignity, hope amid adversity.
After ten months and tens of thousands of words, the portraits are almost finished! Even more excitingly, the series has been accepted at an event drawing 20,000 people focused on social justice, community empowerment, and voice. Launching the Faces of Witness exhibit at this event would not only reach the work’s target audience, but it could create opportunities to expand the artwork’s message and impact across the country.
Producing an exhibit isn’t easy, though. I need to purchase frames, easels, and promotional material, and there are costs for art transport and the printing of interview texts. This is where you and Kickstarter come in!
If sixteen people contribute $100, or if 62 people pitch in just $25, this show can become a reality, and the inspiring stories in these portraits will be heard. If we raise more than the fundraising goal, 50% of the additional funds will be given to non-profits working in communities featured in this project; the other 50% will be used to take Faces of Witness to the next level. Will you help?
The exhibit is scheduled to be shown at the end of November. That weekend, I will also be co-leading two workshops on post-war El Salvador and the power of voice. By covering all expenses ahead of time, I plan to use 100% of the revenue from art sales at the event to support community projects on the ground in El Salvador.
With production costs already covered, I will also be able to focus on education and outreach. It is my hope to make contacts that will enable me to show this series to communities across the country, from Boston to San Francisco – raising awareness, solidarity, and engagement every step of the way.
For those who are able to contribute through Kickstarter, there are a number of thank you gifts available in recognition of your support. Please explore the sidebar to learn more!
Still have questions? Want to view the artwork? Visit www.facesofwitness.org for further project details!
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8”x10” print of choice, companion interview text, and thank-you card
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Bound collection of interviews and images from the series, thank-you card
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Full-size commissioned portrait of a person of your choosing with pre-portrait consultations and interview sessions, thank-you card
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