Ms. Allen describes herself as a documentary portrait photographer “talking back to a world that often dictates how one should think, feel and exist.” She describes herself as using her projects as a way to investigate obstacles she has experienced while raising an African American young man and teaching African American children, and expresses the belief that we are living through an epidemic affecting young African American men in which “our bright future stars are being killed physically, mentally and spiritually”.
She describes her exhibit as paying homage to the relationship between African American mothers and their sons, while shining a living light on the young men whose very existence may be stigmatized. “Not only does this exhibit document the concerns and the struggles African American mothers go through to raise their sons, but it also gives these engaged mothers a platform to re-envision their sons’ images.” She believes that art is a universal language that creates an intimate place for discovery and self-reflection, and can deliver the artist’s message in a way that promotes growth.
Her work will be on display from January 3 through February 1, 2016 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Martin Luther King Day, January 18 from 4 to 7 pm. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.