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Whatcha Feeling? A Photo Story by Melanin Magic with Nathan Smith:

Sat. June 19th 2021 - Sat. September 18th 2021 @  UVic Legacy Art Gallery - Sidewalk Gallery (All Ages)
June 19 – September 18. Every day in Legacy’s Sidewalk Gallery, located outside on the Broad Street side of Legacy Downtown.
Opening: Saturday 19th June 2021
What's your vibe? This was the question that Jamaican-Canadian photographer, Nathan Smith, asked the youth group, Melanin Magic, during a student-led photo shoot one sunny afternoon in May. In asking this question, the students were posed with the challenge to capture how they were feeling on that day, outside their classroom walls as they looked towards a post-pandemic world. What emerged from these self-directed portraits was their desire to be untethered and fully in the moment of who they were, and who they dream to be.

Curated by Darius Cordner and Nicole Achtymichuk
Photos by Nathan Smith, Sophia Ho, Grace Morrison and Tasha Henry
Graphic Art by Dre Gutierrez Reyes
Melanin Magic Students: Daisy, Lia, Tabi, Maheen, Catalina, Summer, Aya, Gabby, Bayan, Tendo, Keira, Sophia, Soren, Cadir, Emmanuel, Tra’she, Jenny, Grace, and Darius

Project funded in part by the Ed May Social Responsibility Education Fund and the BC Arts Council

Image: Nathan Smith, FLIGHT, 2021. Photo content: Darius Cordner


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