MELD invited six Greek photographers, including Adamantios Kafetzis, Alexandros Voutsas, Ioanna Ralli, Ryme63/StateOfMind, Stavros Makris and Yiannis Chiotopoulos to donate their time to create face-toface portraits of children from privileged and un-privileged social backgrounds living in Athens.
These portraits will be posted as diptychs in public spaces in central Athens on October 15, 2011 as a parallel event as part of TEDxAcademy, which took place on October 10, 2011.
“We believe this time of financial uncertainty and individual and collective despair has brought us to a moment of truth, and thus an opportunity to reconsider the intrinsic value of artistic practice as a cultural catalyst to provoke change. As economical and social tensions rise in Athens, there is an absolute need for communication and understanding of the “other.”
Through mutual respect and compassion, the photographers have the responsibility and privilege to create a bridge and engage the respective communities for the group action. Here, it is essential to emphasize that the process of obtaining consent for the portraits and the posting is as important, if not more so, than the pictures themselves.
With more than 75 children participating, this project is an opportunity to try to de-mystify the concept of “the other” and thus humanize every individual, whatever their ethnicity or social class may be.“Inside Out Athens Group Action: Eyes of Truth was inspired to participate in JR’s TED Prize wish to demonstrate our community’s commitment to the importance of embracing the other. Choosing to photograph children is a reminder that we are a collective group of people living in the world and that we have a responsibility to communicate as a means of understanding one another.
Through this group action, we hope to bring awareness to issues including immigration, integration and child trafficking, among others and unite the citizens of Athens as a collective of humankind. It is an extraordinary opportunity to join forces and engage with others around the world by adding their voices and faces to stand publicly for what they believe in. From here to New York to Japan to Tunisia, people are contributing to a global art movement.
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TedxAcademy aspires to be a think tank in re-inventing Greece, by igniting a different kind of conversation.
It offers the stand to incredible people with powerful ideas. Ideas, which if given a chance, could make a long-term difference to the future of our country and to all of us.
TEDxAcademy is a not for profit event organized by a group of volunteers. Organizing team, speakers, partners and sponsors provide their services pro bono.
For more information on TEDxAcademy, visit: www.tedxacademy.com
About the Inside Out Project
The Inside Out Project 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 are made into posters and sent back to the project’s co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. People can participate as an individual or as part of a group. Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium.
These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at insideoutproject.net
The INSIDE OUT Project is a creation of the street artist JR, the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize (watch JR's TED talk here).
About the TED Prize
The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world – one Wish at a time.
The reward: $100,000, the TED Community's array of talent and expertise, and the leadership of a TED Prize team led by Amy Novogratz. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes.
From Bono's the ONE Campaign ('05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution ('10 recipient), the TED Prize is helping to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and now inspire art around the world.
For more information on the TED Prize, visit www.tedprize.org