When Kristina DaSilva finishes her project, the grinning, blissful and towering faces of 30 local artists will gaze at visitors from an alley wall in Fort Lauderdale's FAT Village.
Over the next month, a roster of creative types operating in Fort Lauderdale — photographers, musicians, painters, filmmakers and jewelrymakers — will sit down for portraits as part of DaSilva's "Inside Out — Fort Lauderdale," a project designed to draw attention to the diversity of cool ideas born in the warehouse arts district.
"We have such a budding local arts community, so I think the photos will convey the power of human emotion, and the essence of people trying to come together," says DaSilva, of Oakland Park. "We want to show what motivates and inspires them to create art, because that will demonstrate the diverse range of talent creating in our community."
The first photo shoot will take place Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Cadence, a landscape-architecture firm in FAT Village, where members of the public can meet artists, swap ideas and learn about Inside Out, an offshoot of a global arts initiative founded by the Parisian graffiti artist JR. DaSilva rallied the artists after watching JR's talk at the 2011 TED conference, where he won a $100,000 prize for his work plastering black-and-white photographs of residents around decaying neighborhoods. The images, colossal and presented as a stark mosaics, are designed to extol the local diversity while campaigning for socioeconomic change, DaSilva says.
Her project, done with the permission of JR's studio in New York, will mount a similar series of black-and-white portraits the size of movie posters on a 12 1/2-foot-by-45-foot wall off Northwest Fifth Street, behind the Image 360 building. The completed mosaic will be unveiled during the Oct. 5 Art Fallout event in Fort Lauderdale.
Faces include visual artists Angela Yang and Hilda Vasquez; WKPX-88.5 radio personality Darlene Lopez, host of "Sunday Blues With Dar"; C&I Studios film writer Joshua Miller; architects Rebecca Bradley and Gage Couch, both of Cadence; installation artists Leah Brown and Peter Simons; and blues rocker Joel DaSilva, Kristina's husband.
DaSilva, who launched a Kickstarter to help fund the purchase of art materials, says the photos will be accompanied by a QR code, linking smartphone users to short biographies and quotes from the participating artists.
"They're just short messages, answering why art is important to them," she says. "We may ask the artists to describe their personalities in one word, and then try to capture that word in one facial expression."
The "Inside Out – Fort Lauderdale" photo shoot will take place 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Cadence, 435 N. Andrews Ave., No. 2, in Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free. For more information, like "Inside Out Project — Fort Lauderdale" on Facebook.