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My name is Ramsey. I was born in the Bronx, but my parents are from the Dominican Republic. What brought me to Youth Insights were my teachers, who asked me to participate in this awesome opportunity. Since I love art, I couldn’t say no. What made me want to join this program even more was that on the flyer I saw one of my friends, so I just had to apply. My interests are art, education, and travel. The way I see art is that it is set up by emotions. If you look at my favorite painting, A Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte, you immediately feel a mix of emotions kicking in. I get my inspiration from my mom and my grandfather because on any family occasion, they are the first people to pull out their cameras. Hopefully in the future I can become a freelance photographer.
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.
The media has shaped and framed the way I perceive race, class, and gender. Due to the media, people of certain races, classes, and genders are expected to behave or act the same way as the media. The media always has a target. For example, every time new technology is introduced, the media finds a way to target it to everyone. One thing I’ve noticed about the media is that they construct stereotypes.