Main Street Projects is pleased to present "Jamilyn Hull: Deepika," a presentation of photographic works from the artist’s travels and volunteer work in Kolkata, India. Presented in conjunction with Houston’s 2018 FotoFest Biennial and Mid Main Houston’s April First Thursday block party, a benefit exhibition will open to the public with a reception in honor of the artist on April 5, 2018, from 6 - 9 pm.
Deepika is the word for a tiny clay lamp. The proceeds from the sale of any of these photographs will be designated to help Deepika Social Welfare Society located in Kolkota, India. In the vast darkness of Sonargachi, the largest red light district in India, a tiny light can shine a long way. The work of Deepika has been to invite prostituted women into a new life by helping educate and equip them to earn living wages for the products that they hand make. The Deepika Social Welfare Society also sponsors evening care centers for children who are at high risk to be caught in the web of their prostituted mothers’ lives and also has a residence program that gives a home to 50 young girls, most whose mothers are trapped in human trafficking. All proceeds from the sale of artworks and Fair Trade items will help to light the welcome lamp in the window. Every Fair Trade Item purchased improves the lives of the artisans that made it by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.
About Jamilyn Hull:
Photographer. Missions Coordinator. Daughter, Sister, Servant and Friend to Many. Jamilyn was an advocate for the marginalized and worked diligently to serve the poor and the powerless around the world. Through documenting her experiences to share with communities stateside, organizing mission trips, and facilitating the purchase of Fair Trade items hand-crafted in the communities she visited, the fruits of Jamilyn’s efforts continue to inspire and to encourage service to others.
Jamilyn lived a furious and passionate life on the earth, but her memory and her calling are still challenging us today. Her decision to say "YES." to whatever God asked of her motivated her photography and continues to drive the causes she was passionate about. For more information on Jamilyn and the #WESAYYESPERIOD movement, please visit www.jamilynhull.com.
About Main Street Projects:
Main Street Projects is an artist-run organization in Houston which has hosted over 150 local, national and international artists to date. Founded in 2012, this artists' initiative brings art into urban surroundings, visually engaging the street and the pedestrian. Main Street Projects endeavors to improve the public's accessibility to contemporary art, to beautify and repurpose unused spaces, and to provide support that enables artists to directly impact and shape their community.