Southern Exposure’s annual summer educational project opens its exhibition on Wednesday, and it’s a whole new city. Well, almost. The art produced during the Mission Voices Artists in Education program reimagines San Francisco ruled by teenagers.
“We Took Over the City” recounts San Francisco’s alternate history, in which the youth came to power, through media ranging from musical performance to film to paper propaganda.
Southern Exposure’s education program offers seasoned artists an opportunity to work in an educational setting by guiding young artists. This year, with the help of three artist instructors, 45 students explored social power dynamics and their relationships with San Francisco.
The program consists of three distinct, but connected projects in different media. Stories From the Frontline features short films written, directed and produced by students using interviews, found footage and more. Extra! Extra! Read All About It! creates a paper-based record of the students’ ideas for the improvement of city. In Flourescent Exposure, students created new faces for themselves in masks and self-portraits, and will perform the musical portion of their art at the exhibition opening.
To catch the band’s show, film screenings and an artists’ talk, head over to Southern Exposure from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The art will be on view until August 16, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 6 p.m.