Friday, June 16, 2017 | News
It's been a wonderful but difficult three months working on the Inside-Outside Project. I started in Athens in April 2017, and I've now arrived in Vienna, Austria, after working Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Hungary. In each country, I found groups of children to teach and photograph, but every time it has been difficult.
I was unable to collaborate with the big, well-known NGO's who have access to refugee camps. They say don't want photos of the kids (despite constantly displaying photos of children!). Go figure...
As well, access to refugees (Syrians, in particular) can be quite difficult — most have been sent on to Germany or are now in government controlled camps. I managed to find students, but it hasn't been easy.
In Vienna, I'll be working (starting Sunday) with a Syrian social worker I know from Turkey, and with her team of four volunteers (including a Syrian brain surgeon!). Hopefully, it will be a bit more organized than Greece, where I had to work in an illegal anarchist squat at the City Plaza Hotel!
Wish me luck!
Monday, March 20, 2017 | News
Last time, I met refugee children who had just found safety. This time, I document what it is to be a refugee child on the move. The “Inside” is seen in the artwork created in art therapy-inspired classes. The “Outside” is shown with dignified, formal photographic portraits.
It is a unique way to show the effects of war and exodus on children.
I'll be teaming up with journalists along the way — this is supposed to be a collaboration.Editors who are interested in getting in early, please contact me!
Also, this is a crowdfunded project, and I'll be fundraising the whole time from http://gofundme.com/insideoutsideproject
Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Exhibitions
David Gross’ photography for the Inside-Outside Project lets you see through the eyes of both the photographer and the subjects. The Syrian refugee children were photographed using classical European portraiture and lighting technique, showing them with dignity and freeing them from the role of “poor refugee.” The photography sessions were combined with painting classes, and the children’s artwork lets us see the refugee experience through their eyes. The portraits and drawings are too familiar to be foreign, and we are left with the realization these could be our children.
More information about the on-going project: http://insideoutsideproject.org/