The Wolf & Woman Youth Showcase
Wolf & Woman is a freelance documentary media & arts collective made up of women, POC and LGBTQ+ creatives in Hawai’i. The collective was founded earlier this year and is run by Marie Eriel Hobro, a documentary photographer & filmmaker, and Caesar Caberto, a graphic designer & illustrator. It currently consists of over a dozen members in Oʻahu who are involved in various forms of visual and written journalism, photography, filmmaking, illustration, graphic design, and community organizing. Together, we aim to tell compelling stories that erase the stereotypes often associated with our home. By having creatives from our respective communities doing this work, we believe that we can help promote true inclusivity both in our fields and in society. In addition to the creative work we do, we also organize community events and offer a free art program to youth in low-income communities. Being that some of us come from low-income communities ourselves, working with youth from similar backgrounds is something that we feel the most dedicated to.
With our youth program, we aim to amplify the voices of local youth in the media & arts industry while also teaching them the basics of photography, the power of visual storytelling, and the impact that photos can have on society. Most importantly, we hope that our program can help them find a healthy, creative outlet that could positively impact their future.
Our current class includes youth from the Pu’uhonua o Wai’anae houseless encampment and focuses on teaching them photography. Later this year, they will also begin learning illustration. Their ages range from 4-20, but despite how young some of them are, we already see so much talent, potential, and determination in them. To celebrate all of their hard work, we’ve decided to put together a youth gallery for them at Arts at Marks Garage throughout the month of December.
The gallery will showcase the photography & illustration work of our students and center around what Pu'uhonua o Wai'anae and/or the general Wai’anae area means to them. With this show, we want the kids to understand how powerful their voices are when they’re telling their own stories and showing people how they see the world-- especially in a society filled with saviorism and meaningless work. We also hope that their work helps people see how truly special Pu’uhonua is as a community.