OUTCRY Installation Shot McCormick Gallery, Chicago Illinois July 2021 Wall 5 of 7

JAN 13 | OUTCRY Scream Session

OUTCRY Scream Session
Friday, January 13, 2023
FREE w/ RSVP– Full/Waitlist only

On Friday, January 13th Whitney Bradshaw will be leading one of her empowering OUTCRY scream sessions at Photographic Center Northwest!

The OUTCRY scream session will be held from 2-4pm on Friday, January 13 at Photographic Center Northwest. The session will begin promptly at 2pm with introductions and an overview of the project by the artist. From there Bradshaw will lead the group through a series of practice screams before everyone is invited to express themselves in front of the camera individually. Each participant will have the choice to scream on their own or with the support of the group screaming along with them. After each participant has had one turn in front of the camera, they will have the opportunity to do it a second and if there is a time, a third round so they can really own it! The sessions are powerful, therapeutic, and fun! The resulting portraits will be printed and included in future iterations of OUTCRY.

There is a broad range of reasons why womxn engage with OUTCRY. Many participate to let out anger and frustration with the political climate and their experience living as womxn in a sexist, racist, ableist, and homophobic society. Others come to practice speaking up and out for themselves or to expand their community and connect with womxn in a brave and safe space. Many participants share personal stories about sexual harassment, sexual assault, silencing, and experiences with omnipresent microaggressions. The participants are never required to share their reasons for participating and always have the choice to scream alone or with the group’s support.

Due to COVID health and safety concerns enrollment will be capped at 15 per session. Due to the limited number of participants for this event we ask that you only register if you plan on attending. All participants will be required to sign a model release form prior to the session allowing Whitney to use their portrait in future iterations of Outcry including accompanying press, publications, and the like. Participation is free but will be limited; registration will open mid December.

Whitney Bradshaw (American, b. 1969) is a Chicago-based artist, activist, educator, curator, and former social worker. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Chicago Public Schools Art Department piloting a new arts program for junior and senior high school students called RE:ALIZE. She was the chair of the visual art conservatory at the Chicago High School for the Arts for ten years, and an adjunct professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago for thirteen. Bradshaw was also the curator for the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection and later the Bank of America Collection. Her photographs have been widely exhibited across the United States and in Zurich.

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