On Wednesday, 8/15, forty people gathered at Ghost Gallery in Crown Heights for a moving showcase of intimate portraits of the Bed-Stuy community all taken by a group of youth artists and activists in Brooklyn. The youth spent six weeks documenting people and places in Bed-Stuy as well as their stories.
The youth came up with their own questions such as, “What is something you want people to know about Bed-Stuy?,” “How does violence impact you in your community?,” and “How do you love and support your community?” Their interviews were played alongside a smooth afrobeats playlist throughout the night.
The youth also performed original poetry about their communities and debuted their animated short about youth organizers coming together across NYC to stop violence and travel to utopia together. When asked why they chose the title, “Invisible Light,” YO S.O.S alum Shavonne Jackson explained that it was because they were trying to shed light on a community where is most vulnerable members: victims of homicide, poverty, and displacement often feel invisible to the wide world. Many of the youth in this group grew up in Bed-Stuy with an intimate knowledge of the family bonds in the community, describing it as the “community that sticks together.” They wanted to show the world a different side of their neighborhood. Many of the youth have also become members of the extended Neighbors in Action family through their work with YO S.O.S and S.O.S over the years.