An exhibit with a purpose.
For the past 25 years, Visión En Acción Misión Rescate A.C. (Vision in Action) in Juárez, Mexico has been a safe haven for individuals suffering with neurological and mental conditions.
The Mentes Hermosas (Beautiful Minds) Exhibit is centered on drawing the public's attention toward these precious individuals who are often feared, forgotten or misunderstood and raising support for the asylum through financial assistance and volunteerism.
Each portrait was captured on location by El Paso photographer, Art Moreno Jr. (pictured below) with the help of his assistant David Meneses and asylum founder Pastor Jose Antonio Galvan (pictured right).
For those struggling with mental illness, their needs can be extensive and ever-present. The Vision in Action asylum offers free and loving assistance to a population in need of constant care on a daily basis.
The images shown in this exhibit will be printed on 24x60” double-sided, ultra transparent floor standing acrylic panels to showcase the vibrant colors and stunning details of the photos. This medium offers great print fidelity and simple color management that lends itself to an impeccable finished product. The panels were custom-made in Italy for breathtaking results.
Joel Salcido, a friend of Art Moreno and a fellow photographer, suggested that he take this project further by purchasing a handful of digital cameras for the patients to use so that they might visually share their world with us. Some of the black and white photos you see here and in the following pages were taken with those cameras.