The Exhibit

Once the audience views the image; they are charged with captioning the photos on exhibit tablets to share with the world, fostering conversations that lead to social change; the Optic is provided and you provide the Voice.

OpticVoices presents different mediums for people to engage in conversation on topics ranging from Black Lives Matter, oppression, racism, homophobia and xenophobia to the support and success of young black males. Through this exhibit, participants will be able to ask the hard questions: what does it mean to be heard?

Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments commented, “Is this what we have come to, that even little children must assert their humanity? His images raise questions that should make us uncomfortable, angry, uplifted, empathetic and brave. At a time of resurgent racism, when a movement rooted in a simple demand for respect and dignity has been greeted with so much anger and scorn, Emmai’s images, like the protests they chronicle, bear witness to the spirit of hope and defiance that is our only path forward as a people.”

"In the face of the false and negative reporting in the media, it is imperative that the true story behind the movement for justice and humanity be told in every facet” said Brandi Fisher, president of the Alliance for Police Accountability. “Nothing more powerful...nothing more real, than the raw emotion captured in these visuals, voicing the authentic meaning of the movement for Black lives. This is our narrative."

OpticVoices is an engaging and interactive photography exhibit that aims to provide the public with a more authentic and true narrative of all people through the lens of captivating and thought-provoking imagery.

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