Expo Offers Look at Life in Chicago, France Housing Projects

November 02, 2010

After transforming into Franken Plaza this past weekend for Halloween, Daley Plaza is turning this week into an international art exchange.

An exhibition on display at the Daley Center from November 1-6 offers the public a photographic look into a housing project in Chicago as well as a disadvantaged community near Paris, France.

“Eye for an eye / oeil pour oeil” was created in 2009 as a program to teach photography and video to 20 young people living in disadvantaged districts on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Some of the student photographers.

Some of the student photographers.

The two targeted areas:

*Altgeld Gardens in Chicago, a district where Barack Obama was once a community worker. The group People for Community Recovery instigated photography workshops for the students in this community and also allows young people to join in debates on issues facing their communities.

*La Courneuve in Paris via the Fête le Mur association, which was originally created by French tennis champion Yannick Noah, the father of Bulls forward Joakim Noah, to give young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods in France the chance to learn to play tennis. The group was integral in making this exhibition possible.

While the students have been sharing their work on a common web site, this week is the first collective exhibition and exchange of their pictures.

The French participants are in town for the showing, and the students from Altgeld Gardens in Chicago will visit France next spring.

Samsung supported this project by providing 30 digital cameras, six laptop computers and two digital video recorders. Very nice.

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