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Gypsy Streets of Perpignan
Gypsy Streets of Perpignan
School of Visual Arts
Gabrielle Laguerre’s photo series “Gypsy Streets of Perpignan” offers a compelling visual narrative on the glaring inequities faced by a marginalized community in the heart of a historic city. The images serve as a stark contrast between the beautiful architecture that Perpignan is known for and the dilapidated conditions in which the local gypsy community lives.
Beyond mere documentation, Laguerre’s work aims to be a catalyst for tangible change. By spotlighting the dire need for neighborhood regeneration and equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, the series hopes to galvanize community engagement and dialogue. The objective is not just to raise awareness but to inspire action, pushing for community-driven solutions that could uplift the lives of the gypsies in Perpignan’s Saint Jacques neighborhood.
In May 2023, Global Citizen teamed up with student artists to create original pieces of art that highlight the correlation between climate change and extreme poverty. Click through to see the gallery of what the artists created.
Mentor & Judge
Crystal Whaley is an EMMY Award winning creative producer in film/TV/digital specialized expertise in content development and content creation. She produced nationally syndicated and Peabody nominated documentaries for TLC, Showtime, MSNBC, Netflix and a 2022 EMMY award winning and 2023 Peabody nominated digital series, ‘Un(re)solved’ for Frontlines/PBS as well as MSNBC’s 2023 EMMY nominated ‘Model America’ and recently co-executive produced ‘Ladies First: Women in Hip Hop’ currently streaming on Netflix.
Crystal is a photographer and an accomplished curator of the annual “For Us, By Us” at The Long Gallery Harlem in February 2017- 20, ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offering at Photoville NYC in Sept. 2018 & Photoville Los Angeles April 2019 as well as curator for the HBCU’s Art Talk/Date: Kerry James Marshall at the MET Breuer.
She’s the producer & deputy editor of critically acclaimed photo books; Black Joy and Resistance in 2018 and MFON: Woman Photographers of the African Diaspora in 2017 as well as the founder and curator of M’DEAR: Exploring the Black Maternal exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) showing May-Oct 2023.
Mentor & Judge
Adreinne Waheed is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work bears witness to the beauty, brilliance and resilience of Black folks across the diaspora. She is an accomplished photo editor who, during her 20 year career, has produced features for publications including Vibe, Essence and Time Inc. Books. Her photography has been published by The New York Times, i-D, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, and Photo District News; and has been featured by Spotify, Curology and the NAACP's Twenty 20 in Black. Ms. Waheed is the recipient of the 2019 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts SIP Fellowship and the 2020/21 Svane Family Foundation Ark Commission. In 2010, she created the Waheed Photo Archive, which was acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in 2015. Her coffee table book, Black Joy and Resistance, was released in December 2018.
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Lauri Lyons is a Jamaican-American photographer, author, publisher, and racial justice activist. She is the author of Flag: An American Story, Flag International, and Inspiration: Profiles of Black Women Changing Our World. Her life and work is featured in the films The Sound She Saw, In The Frame, and White Heat.
Lauri is the Founder of the Rest with Honor Project initiative to research and rediscover the unmarked Old Negro Burying Ground in Savannah, Georgia. The initiative started the first petition to remove the Confederate name from the sacred site. The site was renamed in honor of an emancipated Black woman.
Lauri’s photographic range has enabled her to shoot celebrity portraits, ad campaigns and documentaries. Her artistic practice has expanded to include videos, sculptures, advertising, and public art installations. Her work has been exhibited in The Walker Art Center, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. She was a faculty member at the International Center of Photography, New School, Rhode Island School of Design, and Los Angeles Center of Photography.
Lauri is the Publisher & Editor of the travel publication Nomads Magazine. She was a contributing writer at the Huffington Post and a Photo Editor for Essence, The Source, B.E.T., and Magnum Photos.
Justin Wu is a multi award-winning Toronto-based TV Director, Photographer, Creative Director, and Speaker. His television directorial debut was on the multi-award winning sitcom Kim’s Convenience streaming internationally on Netflix. For his episode, Justin was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement on a Comedy Show by the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) in 2021. Today, he just wrapped directing a one-hour stylized drama for Hulu and Syfy - Reginald The Vampire and a block of episodes of Children Ruin Everything picked up by the CW. Later this year Justin will be directing his first studio feature film this summer for a streamer. He is presently within the prestigious Warner Brothers Access x Canadian Academy Roster of directors.
Over the past decade Justin has directed television and digital commercials for world renowned brands and stars including the likes of Dior, Adidas, Coach, L’Oreal Paris, United Nations, Selena Gomez, Jeremy Irons, Victoria Beckham, Willem Dafoe, Susan Surandon, Joaquin Phoenix, Rosario Dawson, Simu Liu, and many more.
Justin and his work is often a topic for the press as he’s known for his uplifting and empowering approach. As a member of the LGBTI community, he continues to stand for inclusion, representation, and equity.