"My Reality" Exhibition
October 6 — November 17
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
"My Reality", currently open to the public until Nov. 17, is a groundbreaking exhibition and virtual reality installation created by teens impacted by the juvenile justice system in Richmond, VA.
Using art and technology, the exhibit amplifies the powerful stories, dreams, and desires of incarcerated youth, while showcasing how artists, communities, and advocates can come together to imagine a better world for all of us.
"The project is about looking to youth in the system as experts who can teach us so much about what youth need to be free and out of the system," said Mark Strandquist, creative director of ART 180's Youth Self Advocacy Through Art program.
"In all of our work, we use art to amplify their ideas and perspectives and this exhibit takes that to a whole new level. Viewers will walk into a room the size of a prison cell, put a virtual reality headset on, and be transported into a virtual jail cell experience that includes the teen's stories and artwork," said Mark.
The exhibit, was created with support from Scenic, a virtual reality content studio based in New York City, and artists Kate Deciccio, Roscoe Burnems, and Catherine Komp. For the exhibit, ART 180 has partnered with RISE for Youth, a bipartisan coalition a part of the Legal Aid Justice Center.
Each part of the exhibit presents viewers with immersive and eye-opening experiences that share the perspectives of youth most impacted by the juvenile justice system.
Beyond the virtual reality installation, the exhibit will include photographs, poetry, immersive audio installations, and a take-action station for any viewers interested in getting involved in local juvenile justice reform campaigns.
ART 180 will host an opening reception for the exhibition on, from during RVA First Fridays. The reception is open to the public. Viewing access to the exhibit is limited, due to the layout of the exhibit, so please expect a wait.
The show will remain on display at Atlas, ART 180's art center for teens, through 114 W. Marshall St. in Jackson Ward and is open through Friday and by appointment.. Atlas is located at