The outside of the old Des Moines Theater is now an exhibition space for a Photography show titled ‘Harmony and Diversity’ by Rahel Ambachew, a sophomore at Mount Rainier High School.
Rahel is from Ethiopia, and her display is part of a worldwide movement called ‘The Inside Out Project,’ which was initiated by the French photographer JR in 2011 after winning the TED prize. JR expressed his wish to “change the world” by turning it ‘inside out.’ There have now been Inside Out exhibitions in over 127 countries (more info at insideoutproject.net).
The following is a statement by the Artist:
Hello, my name is Rahel Ambachew. I am a sophomore at Mount Rainier high school.
Every day at school, I see people of different ethnicities, cultures and beliefs. I see people with different appearances, hear different languages and accents. But what we don’t often hear is people experiences. We tend to quickly judge a person and never talk to them. Although the idea of diversity is amongst all of us we don’t recognize it to its full potential. People in our community are not often encouraged or given the space to express their selves. Our goal should be to, every day, embrace what makes us different, instead of hiding or shaming others for celebrating who they are. The reason I did this project is because although, we may seem harmonized living in a community with such great diversity, we as individuals are not harmonized. We cannot be accepting of each other when there are derogatory stereotypes present. I decided to photograph twenty seven Mount Rainier High School students holding up a sign with a short statement and/or one word that captures their diversity.
Thanks to the The Inside Out Project, City of Des Moines Art Commission and Adobe PITCH with Reel Grrls this project is a reality.
The Des Moines Theater is located at 22325 Marine View Drive: