The Banner Project The Brooklyn Residential Center,
The Banner Project was a collaboration between Lauren Adelman, Danielle McDonald and a group of adolescent girls living in a residential facility in Brooklyn, NY. During this project we came together to discuss issues of identity and to explore art as a vehicle for sharing ones personal stories, and how these stories can raise awareness to the lived experiences of incarcerated young women.
The project began by viewing a digital slide show of contemporary artists who create socially engaged work in the public sphere. In response to the conversations around this slide show, the girls chose to paint large-scale banners, sharing stories about themselves, as their public artwork. The final designs were created from the photography and identity collages the girls created.
The five completed 3 x 8 banners were showcased in an NYU sponsored exhibition in a downtown Manhattan space. The banners incorporated images that represented who the girls are individually and collectively as young women involved in the juvenile justice system.
Banner Project. 7.5' x 8' Latex paint on canvas