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YI Artists worked with artist in residence LaToya Ruby Frazier to create photographs that documented their changing neighborhoods, selves, and a variety of public spaces in New York City. They examined the effects of advertising on society and the ways that individuals make every day choices. Teens also watched and discussed excerpts from the documentaries Century of the Self and the British series 7 UP to further understand the links between propaganda, advertising, and the ways in which social class affect an individual’s future.
In a way, the media has shaped my perceptions a lot. For example, my anti-racism exists only because of the racism I saw in movies and commercials. Class had never really been something I distinguished people by. I always saw it as none of my business, so I never asked nor judged anyone by their social class or background. Gender roles, I believe, have influenced me the most. I usually give girls labels like “frail” and “soft” while men are “bold” and “strong.” In reality, there are plenty of people who break those stereotypes.