Can we be as brave? at YoungArts

We’re excited to share information about the National YoungArts Foundation‘s upcoming exhibit titled “Can we be as brave?”

With “can we be as brave?” YoungArts presents the organization’s second annual alumni exhibition dedicated solely to photography. Featuring the works of 13 YoungArts alumni in Cinematic Arts, Photography and Visual Arts, the show is curated by acclaimed director, photographer and YoungArts Vice President of Artistic Programs Lisa Leone.

“I was attracted to the intimate raw emotion of these photographs, whether they are of a person, a community or environment, they still carry a strong personal connection,” says Leone. “My hope is to invite the viewer to take their own journey within themselves. These photographers took risks in looking at themselves, their families and their communities. They are looking at the past to move into the future. Can we be as brave?”

The works in the exhibition bravely investigate a variety of topics that are connected through multifaceted conversations about family, home and community. The artists examine cultural and historical contexts, self-love, intimacy and humanity, spirituality, and physical and psychological boundaries, and explore personal ideologies and intricacies of representation while championing the idea of multiple stories in lieu of singular viewpoints.

This is a great opportunity to view work from young artists, create relationships with artists directly and possibly collect their work as well.

Opening reception
Thursday, May 9 | 6:30 PM

YoungArts Gallery
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137

To attend, RSVP Here.

About the Curator

Bronx-born Lisa Leone is a writer, photographer and cinematographer whose works spans pop culture. She began her career photographing musicians Moby, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell and personalities like Debi Mazar and Spike Lee before working as a contributing photographer and columnist for British Vogue and VIBE. She has also shot music videos for artists TLC, D’Angelo and The Brand New Heavies. She counts Stanley Kubrik as a mentor. If that isn’t enough, her cinematography work on independent films and shows for directors, includes Nancy Savoca’s “Dirt” (Showtime); Michael Kang’s “The Motel” (Sundance), Reno’s “Rebel Without a Pause” (Havana Film Festival, Florence Film Festival) and “Citizen Reno“ (Bravo). And in 2018 she released a book, “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop,” which is currently on view at the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Lisa also currently serves as vice president of artistic programs for the National YoungArts Foundation and curated this exciting exhibit.

Featured works by YoungArts Alumni:

James Balo, 2018 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Eli Dreyfuss, 2016 YoungArts Winner in Photography
Kali Duffy 2017, YoungArts Winner in Photography 
Glenn Espinosa, 2016 YoungArts Winner in Visual Arts
Angela Francis, 2014 YoungArts Winner in Photography & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Nathan Ginter, 2018 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Bria Hamlett, 2017 YoungArts Winner in Photography
Haley Hasen, 2015 YoungArts Winner in Photography 
Alex Mediate, 2016 YoungArts Winner in Photography
Sarah Miller, 2013 YoungArts Winner in Photography
Derrick Ostolaza, 2017 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts
Danny Rosenberg, 2011 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts
Liza Wimbish, 2018 YoungArts Winner in Photography