Opening tonite Inside Out at HiARts Gallery

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Hi-ARTS and Carlos Mare Release Inside Out: The Peoples Art Project Inspired by World Renowned Photographer JR
- Uniting Spanish Harlem and South Dakota in a Cultural Exchange -

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New York, NY November 14, 2014 Today Hi-ARTS, a not for profit organization of arts and culture, announces their latest project Inside Out: Mi Gente/Oyáte kin The Peoples Art Project inspired by prolific photographer and TED prize winner JR. Hi-ARTS and Carlos Mare, their curatorial director, will follow in the worldwide participation with two photographers, Willi White of South Dakota and Peter Pabon of Spanish Harlem to capture portraits of their respective communities. The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and Spanish Harlem in New York will showcase this public installation in a cultural gallery exchange transforming messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work.

Inside Out: The Peoples Art Project/Group Action is a global participatory photo program inspired by JR’s wish to change the world by celebrating the individuality of people in different communities. Black-and-white portraits are used to tell the story and are then shared with the public through large prints around 36 inches x 53 inches. Nearly 200,000 people from 112 countries and territories have participated in this groundbreaking event. Hi-ARTS is excited to take part in this global movement to tackle bold themes such as hope, diversity, and gender-based violence.

Hi-ARTS has partnered with two talented photographers, Native American Willi White of the Oglata Lakota Tribe and Peter Pabon of Spanish Harlem, to document their communities for Inside Out. The Oglata’s reservation of Pine Ridge is among the poorest of the 334 Indian reservations in the United States. The people face as much as 80 percent unemployment, a life expectancy of age 48, and a median income of $3,000 a year.
Both White and Pabon wanted to bring their love of the arts to their community, while helping and supporting the people. The photos were taken in September 2014 and are set to appear in two separate gallery openings this fall.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of these two incredibly diverse exhibits. It has been an amazing experience working with Willi and Peter who have deep roots in their communities and were able to shine light on the people who live in them,” says Kamilah Forbes, Producing Artistic Director of Hi-ARTS.
The gallery opening at the Pine Ridge Reservation will take place on October 17th in South Dakota. The Spanish Harlem opening will be held at the Hi-ARTS Gallery and Artspace PS109 on November 14th.

Hi-ARTS is made possible through generous support from many organizations including the Ford Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, New York State Council on the Arts, First Peoples Fund and individual supporters. For more information about Hi-ARTS Inside Out: The People Art Project/Group Action, please visit

ABOUT HI-ARTS - The mission of Hi-ARTS (formerly known solely as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is to support Hip-Hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip-Hop aesthetic; presenting and touring artists whose work addresses the socio-political issues relevant to the Hip-Hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education. For thirteen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, elevating both Hip-Hop and Theater by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities.

ABOUT THE INSIDE OUT PROJECT - Inside Out 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. 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 The I.NSIDE OUT project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize.

To learn more about Hi-ARTS, Inside Out Group Action, or speak to a representative or any of the artists involved, please contact Lindsay Hall (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Sarah Cirkiel (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), Pitch Control Public Relations, 212.475.4919.

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