Southfield students turn the city and their world ‘Inside Out’

Southfield students turn the city and their world ‘Inside Out’

Students featured in international ‘Inside Out’ movie

Southfield students will turn their world ‘Inside Out’ on May 17-20 with a large-scale public art display that will stretch over acres of open space at various locations throughout the city. The street art will feature supersized student portraits that make a statement about the role of personal identity, community and art.

The exhibit is in collaboration with the TED Prize 2011 Winner – international artist JR, and his global art exhibition titled ‘Inside Out.’ The Southfield exhibit will showcase 300 expressive images of K-12 student faces that have been enlarged to 48” x 60” and 9ft. x12ft. paper posters. The photographs are without words, and stir strong emotions in those who view them.

Southfield’s ‘Inside Out’ installations were among the largest in the nation last year. The student’s work will be featured in an international full-length feature film directed by English film maker, Alastair Siddons. The film is scheduled to be released in 2013.

The installations will be in segments: Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 starting at Southfield High School; May 19th and 20th at the Southfield Public Library, as well local businesses in the City Centre District and all around Southfield.  The remaining photographs will be installed on each SPS building over the course of the next week or so.

Students, art teachers, principals, families, businesses, and community volunteers will work side by side to erect the exhibit. The images will stay up as an outdoor gallery throughout June and July.

Southfield Public Library will host a special reception for the exhibit May 23rd from 5-6:30 p.m. which will feature remarks from Southfield Public School officials and local dignitaries.

The TED Prize is designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources. It is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and has “One Wish to Change the World.” Southfield students have been studying the impact of public art on communities and artists who create unique public displays.

All Southfield Public Schools are participating, as well as the Akiva Hebrew Day School. Community Partnerships include: the Southfield City Centre Advisory Board, Fast Signs (Farmington Hills), Home Depot of Southfield, Pittsburgh Paints, the Southfield Public Library and Southfield Public Schools.