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The online photography exhibition features work by the seventeen artists in the 2021 cohort of Studio Museum Harlem’s annual program, Expanding the Walls: Making Connections Between Photography, History, and Community.

Hapsatou Fatty, My Home, 2021. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist.
Hapsatou Fatty, My Home, 2021. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist.

Throughout the eight-month program, Expanding the Walls participants from New York City-area high schools explore digital photography, artistic practice, and community. This year’s cycle of the program welcomed students who live or receive their education in Harlem and upper Manhattan neighbourhoods, as well as the South Bronx. For the second consecutive year, the teens connected online with mentors, museum staff, artists, and one another.

‘What Have We Stopped Hiding?: Expanding the Walls 2021 is organised by Zuna Maza, Curatorial Fellow, Permanent Collection; and Angelique Rosales Salgado, Curatorial Fellow, Exhibitions; with Gi (Ginny) Huo, Senior Coordinator, Teen Programs; and the 2021 Expanding the Walls participants.

Expanding the Walls is made possible with support from The Keith Haring Foundation Education Fund; Joy of Giving Something; Conscious Kids; New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Colgate-Palmolive. Studio Museum education programs are supported by the Thompson Foundation Education Fund; Llewellyn Family Foundation; Sony Music; Gray Foundation; Con Edison; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts. The Studio Museum in Harlem is deeply grateful for Donna Mussenden Van Der Zee’s continued support of Expanding the Walls.

Support for The Studio Museum in Harlem’s digital programs has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative, and the Open Society Foundations. Additional funding is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The annual exhibition will be on view until the 30th of July 2022, it is accessible here.

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