Lehka Singh Press Release

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Felipe Sanchez felipe@sparcmurals.org

SPARC and Equality Now Present:

Opening Exhibition: Saturday, January 14, 2012 7:00pm-10:00pm

SPARC: Creating Sites of Public Memory Since 1976
685 Venice Boulevard Venice, CA 90291 310/822-9560 www.sparcmurals.org

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, 7-10 p.m., at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARCʼs historic headquarters since 1977, SPARC and Equality Now will host the opening reception for photographer Lekha Singhʼs Los Angeles premiere exhibition Created Equal: Photographs by Lekha Singh.

Artist’s Statement: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Yet poverty, conflict, disease and disaster seem to thumb the scale and make, as George Orwell observed, some more equal than others. In her Los Angeles premiere, photographer Lekha Singh compels the viewer to step into this world through a collection of photographs from Mexico, Rwanda, Kenya, India and Afghanistan – photographs that display haunting beauty and startling familiarity. Dare to come face to face with humankind – and yourself. To see that we are all created equal.

Artist Bio: Photographer Lekha Singhʼs work offers insight and understanding of people around the world. It is often said that her work opens “a window to the world.” Her photos are featured in National Geographicʼs The Other Side of War: Womenʼs Stories of Survival and Hope, The Making of an Activist, Call to Love: In the Rose Garden with Rumi and Bhutan, and they have been published in The New York Times, Ode and Yoga + Joyful Living magazine. Forthcoming book Pop-Up Pianos, which documents the major New York City street installation of same name, is set for release in the spring of 2012. Singhʼs photos have been acquired by several prominent collections, including the Rubin Museum permanent collection. Her major exhibitions Nomadic Camera, African Journeys and The Other Half: Women in Focus have been displayed in museums throughout the United States, including the National Arts Club in New York City and The Womenʼs Museum in Dallas.

As an activist, Singh not only chronicles the world with her photographs but is also the founder and first CEO of Aidmatrix. The innovative approach to humanitarian relief mobilizes over $1.5 billion in aid and relief annually, working with 35,000 fellow charities on 5 continents to feed over 25 million a year. Under Singhʼs visionary leadership, Aidmatrix met its five-year goal to touch 50 million lives by 2005. She serves as a World Technology Network Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and has received the Computerworld Honors Award.

About SPARC: SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is dedicated to producing, presenting, and preserving public artworks in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. SPARC remains committed to helping individual communities find their voice, giving it public expression, and to breaking down barriers both real and perceived between communities. sparcmurals.org

About Equality Now: Equality Now is an international human rights organization that works to protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world. equalitynow.org

For more information about Lekha Singh or image use, please contact Ryan LaMountain at (214) 392-1307.

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