Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Exit Wounds


"Exit Wounds,” is the story of a collaborative, relational art project between formerly gang-involved youth of Homeboy Industries and Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill.

Participants in the project tell their stories through their own photographs, original art, text and unconventional objects. Baker Cahill then shoots the works with a .45 caliber handgun. Hauntingly fragile poppy blossoms painted around the ‘exit wounds’ suggest that healing and hope can co-exist with violence and despair.

Homeboy Industries is a youth program founded in 1992by Father Greg Boyle, S.J. following the work of the Christian base communities at Dolores Mission Church. The program is intended to assist high-risk youth, former gang members and the recently incarcerated with a variety of free programs, such as mental health counseling, legal services, tattoo removal, curriculum and education classes, work-readiness training, and employment services.

The most distinctive feature of Homeboy Industries is its social enterprises/small businesses, which gives hard-to-place individuals an opportunity for employment in transitional jobs in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn both concrete and soft job skills.

Among the businesses are the Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy/Girl Merchandise, Homeboy Farmers Markets, The Homeboy Diner at City Hall, Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy Grocery and the soon-to-open Homeboy Cafe & Bakery in the American Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.