"We are used to hearing an art history based on the life and work of the "men great masters ". Women, on that account, have poor visibility, despite its key role in the development of fundamental aesthetics of contemporary art. But there are also left out of that story many people who make art but whose work will hardly reach museums or galleries, since they are not considered "artists". This multimedia piece - and the work in general done by PH15 - gives new perspectives and lets us hear other voices. Open our minds and perceive what many young people have to say, still embedded in a tough reality. They decide to go with their camera and photograph their everyday world. There is something essentially feminine in the eyes of these women, a particular way of seeing and registering. Their affections, interests, jobs, their neighborhood, their aspirations and desires are portrayed with codes that stay away, in many cases, from the stereotypes of being a man or a woman. Photography becomes, then, the tool that each of these young artists use to build their own being, more unprejudiced and free. Because, as said by the writer Simone de Beauvoir, one is not born a woman but becomes one." Daniela Lucena
PH15 Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed by a group of people who believe in art as a valuable resource that allows humans to deploy its essence and develop their creative abilities, even in an adverse reality. This organization born in 2000 in the Villa 15, better known as "Ciudad Oculta" intends to use the resources of the visual arts, especially photography, to foster new expressive, communicational and technical skills in children and youth at situations of vulnerability, through workshops and activities to promote social integration and socialization of the artistic experience.
The main objectives of PH15 are to democratize the artistic experiences and practices, to improve access to educational and employment opportunities, and provide expressive and technical tools to children and young people in vulnerable situations using the resources offered by the visual arts.
Among the initiatives developed since then are: short workshops in schools and neighborhoods throughout Argentina, individual and group exhibitions with the works of the youth, group trips to various national and foreign cities, the attendance at conferences, seminars and training and participation in television, radio and written press articles.