Sunday, 22 December 2013

"La Alegría de una Comunidad Unida" - INFANTE exhibition 18.12.13


The canvases of the girls at INFANTE, representing their community at INFANTE.  Each individual girl designed her canvas to reflect her personality and likes using paint and collage.  Each girl then continued her design onto the corners of the canvases of the two neighbouring canvases, and was painted into by them in return.  In this way the girls created a type of puzzle with their canvases, symbolising that each one of them is a unique individual with her own story, and is also connected with her companions in a strong and united community.


The grand-finale of the INFANTE canvas painting project last Wednesday afternoon - ordering and hanging the girls' interconnecting canvases in their cafe with workshop co-ordinator Emma Romano and fellow SB'er Teresa Forbes:  





A patchwork display of the girl's body paint images.

Towards the end of the workshops each girl choose some words that are significant to her and we painted them onto the girls' arms and hands.  We took photos of these body paintings with each girl in front of her canvas and also in groups; using the power of their bodies to communicate clearly the values that are most important to them within their community at INFANTE.

Roberta, 17 years old
What did you like about the workshop?  I like to paint.  
What do you like about INFANTE? I like everything 
What values are important to you? Equality, love, joy


Carla Paola Flores Encinas, 14 years old
What did you like about the workshop?  That we amused ourselves.  
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  
If there is any who gets angry very quickly.
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you?
It is really beautiful to share.
What values are important to you? Honesty Love Strength Peace
What title would you give this project? Peace and Love


Gimena Castillo Flores, 15 years old
What did you like about the workshop?  
I like everything that we did. 
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  
The girls' fights.
What do you like about INFANTE? Everything 
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
Friends are sisters.
What values are important to you? Strength, worth, joy


Katherine Andrea Vargas, 12 years old
What did you like about the workshop?  Everything
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  
Nothing. That they forget the key to the cabinet.
What do you like about INFANTE? more more more the food 
Is there anything you don't like about INFANTE? no nothing
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
I don't know... sisters
What values are important to you? 
Collaboration, joy, security and unity.
What title would you give this project? 
The joy and unity of the women.


Ana Paola Antezana Meneses, 14 years old
What did you like about the workshop? How creative it is and how important to serve ourselves to learn one day
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  
No I liked everything
What do you like about INFANTE? It's teachings and understanding.
Is there anything you don't like about INFANTE? no 
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
Like a group of friends, to talk 
What values are important to you? 
Honesty in life, try to be honest
What title would you give this project? 
The paintings of our united world.


Karim Adrea Balboa Ballón, 15 years old
What did you like about the workshop? 
Well I really liked to paint and distract myself in the workshop using and combining colours.
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  
No because sometimes I come demotivated
What do you like about INFANTE? I like it a lot because there are people from outside who come to give workshops in the house.
Is there anything you don't like about INFANTE? Well sometimes I get bored in the house and get in a bad mood
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
Well for me all the girls are like my sisters and the person and all you
What values are important to you? 
Unity, Joy and strength are those that are important to me
What title would you give this project? 
Happiness for the whole world


Daniela Velasquez, 18 years old
What did you like about the workshop? I liked to use creativity to translate her by painting a picture
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  No
What do you like about INFANTE? 
To coexist and to share with the girls.
Is there anything you don't like about INFANTE? no 
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
It means union and integration between people 
What values are important to you? Peace and love
What title would you give this project? 
I'd like it to be called a "unity community"


Melany Antezana, 11 years old
What did you like about the workshop? that which is creation
Is there anything you didn't like about the workshop?  No nothing
What do you like about INFANTE? Everything
Is there anything you don't like about INFANTE? 
no I like everything 
What does the theme of 'community' mean for you? 
It means that community is lovely
What values are important to you? Peace and love and affection
What title would you give this project? Art


So having read through all the girls answers to what they would like the project to be called,
here's the group title we chose for the exhibition:
"The Joy of the United Community"
Iced onto a celebratory (and very chocolatey!) cake for the girls to share with their visitors at their INFANTE cafe exhibition.


"Infante: Comprehensive Promotion of Women and Children
For a free life, free of violence"
T-shirt slogan communicating the vision of INFANTE. The girls and staff gifted me one of these t-shirts and mug at the end of this final session.

Thanks to Emma for the collaboration, 
thanks to all the INFANTE staff 
and above all thank you to all the girls in our workshop!
:-)

p.s. anyone interested in a PDF copy of the whole project email: kimunkey@hotmail.com

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