Photographer Samantha Box will discuss her photographs with Alexis Heller. Box’s exhibition Invisible, currently on view, is presented by Strange Loop Gallery and the Bureau of General Services–Queer Division.
Since 2005, Samantha Box has dedicated herself to documenting New York City’s community of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.
Her on-going project, INVISIBLE, has been recognized by the Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights, EN FOCO, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. It has been widely exhibited, most notably, in 2010 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY, and in 2011 as part of the Open Society Institute’s “Moving Walls #18” exhibition. INVISIBLE is fiscally sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance; images from this project are part of EN FOCO’s permanent collection.
Alexis Heller is a social worker, curator and advocate who has worked to empower LGBTQ youth in settings such as foster care, shelters, drop-in centers and schools. She is currently the founder/director of The Hear Me ROAR! Project and Coalition for Queer Youth, and is curating an LGBTQ homeless youth focused exhibition at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art this July. The exhibition is being produced as part of the All Out Arts Fresh Fruit Festival.
Samantha Box, in conversation with Alexis Heller
February 25th, 8pm Strange Loop Gallery 27 Orchard St, NYC F to E. Broadway or D, B to Grand St.