An interactive photo collaboration by Florida visual artist and writer Patricia Christakos and students from the Pace Center for Girls Volusia-Flagler is on display at the Museum of Arts and Sciences through March 5.
The exhibit, titled "Every Girl Deservers Flowers," tells the personal stories of 17 Pace girls through self-portraiture, according to a press release. It opened at MOAS on Dec. 9.
“It's a great opportunity for all the girls who participated in the project," said Alex, a Pace girl, in the press release. "I feel like it went in deep
for some girls. Maybe this exhibit will open a new door. People are going to see another side of what Pace girls are capable of doing. Every girl can receive an opportunity, they just have to take it and see how it grows.”
For five weeks in the spring of 2022, the students worked with Christakos to explore self-portraiture. The project was designed to be a healing experience that "allowed for full freedom of expression," the press release states. Each photo showcases imagery that represents the girls' cultures, experiences and personalities.
The girls also created portraits of landscapes, material objects and personal interactions. To support Pace, visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/sLv/.