Following are selected Photos from 6 Photoessays that were created between 1980 and 2017. If you are interested in more information on any of these subjects or would like to exhibit some (or all) of the projects or segments of them please contact me via the “contact me” button.
1) “Power in the Black Belt: I Will Vote On” About Voting rights in Southwest Alabama, photographs and text by Lisa Hartouni. Exhibited at The Midnight Specail Bookstore, Santa Monica, CA; The First A.M.E., Los Angeles; University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; The Los Angeles Fringe Festival,” Art of Resistance,” at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles.
2) “It was Just an Aberration: Focusing on police abuse 1987 – 1992, photographs and text by Lisa Hartouni. Exhibited at The Midnight Specail Bookstore and Cultural Center, Santa Monica, CA; Congo Square Coffee House, Santa Monica, CA; The Los Angeles Fringe Festival, Art of Resistance, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles.
3) “INS Detention Centers,” Photographs and text by Lisa Hartouni. Exhibited at McGuarty Art Center, Los Angeles, CA; The Los Angeles Photography Center, Los Angeles, CA; The Unitarian Church, Los Angeles, CA.
4) “Homeless in Los Angeles,” (and, “Housing Insecurity”). Photographs and text by Lisa Hartouni. Exhibited at The Los Angeles Fringe Festival, “Art of Resistance,” at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Los Angeles.
5) Intersections: Portraits of Neighborhoods
This project creates an artistic process for individuals to document through photographs, written words and observation the physical areas in which they live, namely, their neighborhoods. The Intersections Project has been used in four 5th grade classes; and 7 university classes and is supported through private donations and “in-kind” service. In 2008 Intersections project received a small start up grant from ArtRelease. The following photos were taken by me shortly after I had moved to Long Beach during morning walks with my dog. I thought it would be a great activity for individuals; or, a great project for classes. If you are interested in reviewing the classroom work, or would like more information please contact me for specific requests or visit the http://www.intersectionsproject.com/class.html
In 2015 I was awarded the prestigious “Amazing Women” award by the Press Telegram in the category of Arts and Culture for the work accomplished through the “Intersections: Portraits of Neighborhoods” project.
6) In Development: 2017
The title of this project is “From Here to Manzanar.” It refers to the historic fact that the Japanese community, about 3,500 men, women, and children that lived in East San Pedro, (now Terminal Island), were the first to be interned at Manzanar. While this is primarily a photography project, it will include interviews,and written testimony from people who were interned.
Assist me in raising funds for this project by visiting: https://www.gofundme.com/lisahartouni
The money raised will go towards transportation, meals, and some equipment; as well as research, transcription, and initial print reproduction.
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