The Silhouette Project: Stories of Cancer through the Lens of Love
Photographer and storyteller Dona Laurita is embarking on the third incarnation of “The Silhouette Project” which will tell the stories of young people’s experiences fighting, surviving and living with cancer, drawing attention to the underrepresented AYA (adolescent and young adult) cancer community. Through silhouetted images colored by text taken from spoken interviews, the pieces will tell the stories that make these journeys unique and illuminate the aspects that unite the AYA community.
The Silhouette Project's subject matter has been organically growing from chance encounters and connections with marginalized and underrepresented communities and segments of our population. When Dona's 18 year old daughter was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer in 2017, she witnessed, first hand, a dire need for a bridge of connectedness within people around her daughter's age. Wedged between the common pediatric and adult oncology worlds, they have profound stories and experiences to share, but often have no forum in which to communicate them.
In previous versions of The Silhouette Project, focusing on the stories of immigrants and refugees, and DACA recipients, the project proved to have a profound effect in building community. This is sure to produce a similar result.
Alongside "The Silhouette Project: Stories of Cancer Through the Lens of Love", another, more personal, project of Dona's "Shattered Sky" consists of images of clouds and sky that she has captured over decades from all over the world, shards of an everyday beautiful reality broken into many pieces, with the artist's only recourse being to create something else and reconstruct.
Both installations can be viewed side by side at the Eldorado Springs Art Center.
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