The Fowler welcomes opportunities to co-design K–12 engagements with regional collaborators. Projects should focus on the museum’s current exhibitions. Read more about our inaugural collaboration with Las Fotos Projects below.
The Power of Self-Representation with Las Fotos Project + Alma López
Fowler Museum at UCLA in partnership with Las Fotos Project
Inspired by the museum’s exhibition Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s–1990s, this self-portraiture workshop was hosted by the Fowler Museum in collaboration with photographer Alma López. The workshop consisted of two sessions on consecutive Sunday afternoons, October 10 and 17, 2021.
In Session 1, a curator-led walk-through of Photo Cameroon was followed by a lecture by renowned artist Alma López who spoke about self-portraits in painting and photography throughout art history. López offered a technique demonstration for self-portraiture, including the use of backdrops, props, and her own camera and lighting. Session 2 was a self-portrait workshop at Las Fotos Project, in collaboration with López’s L.A. Foto Truck. Students paired up to assist one another in creating their self-portraits and rotated through five stations where they had the opportunity to experiment with props, poses, dress, backgrounds, and lighting as they sought to communicate various aspects of their identity. Students selected and edited their self-portraits, sharing and discussing them with the group before filling out a Reflections form.
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Alma López | Artist Statement
In spaces where BIPOC and queer people often feel invisible, images are affirming. In my experience as a queer Mexican-born, LA-based Chicana visual artist, I am in constant search of hidden histories and images that reflect my diverse and intersecting identities. In this search, portraits are powerful and life-affirming. The power of portraiture is evident in the many works included in Photo Cameroon: Studio Portraiture, 1970s-1990s and especially evident in the decade-long photographic work produced by the teenage members of Las Fotos Project. This collaboration between the Fowler and Las Fotos Project will be the inaugural project of the mobile photography studio, L.A. Foto Truck.