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WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES Galleries

THE ART OF STORYTELLING: Lies, Enchantment, Humor and Truth
Opens October 6, 2012 and runs through September 1, 2013
American Visionary Arts Musuem, Baltimore, MD

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The museum's 18th, yearlong, thematic exhibition explores the impact of story via visual narratives created by 30+ visionary artists, each expressive of some personal aspect of tale-telling. Exhibition highlights include a collection of twenty painted self-portrait stories by rescued Cambodian children, and accompanied by Leslie Hope's documentary film, What I See When I Close My Eyes.

All art photos: Michele Mattei

WHAT I SEE WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES follows the street living kids of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Through interview and art, the children served by Mith Samlanh/FRIENDS were asked to tell their stories.

The film follows the creation of life-sized self-portraits that the children painted in response the question, 'What do you see when you close your eyes?'


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All art photos: Michele Mattei

Life-sized self-portraits
The street living kids of Phnom Penh Cambodia were asked to lie down on a piece of fabric and outline the shape of their body. That outline was the frame for their picture. Inside the frame, they were asked to paint their answer to the question 'What do you see when you close your eyes?'

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All art photos: Michele Mattei
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