Founded in 2018 by Lexi Parra, Project MiRA (Look) is an alternative educational initiative, bringing mobile photography workshops to vulnerable youth in Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas. Considering the unprecedented crisis in Venezuela, many kids do not get to experience their youth. Through free community workshops only made possible thanks to community and volunteer collaboration, Project MiRA creates a space for discussion, critical analysis and visual creation. Our intention is for kids to express themselves freely and find their voice. Throughout these workshops, youth not only learn photography, but how to visually represent themselves, their neighborhoods and larger social issues.
Over the past five years, we have taught over 600 students and collaborated with the Davis Peace Prize (2018), Aperture Foundation, featuring student work in Susan Meiselas’ book Learn to See (2020), Canon USA (2021), the Bronx Documentary Center (2022-2023), and the US Embassy (2023).