Analog photography might be a dying art, but that’s what makes it special. Raquel Da Silva hosted her very first solo photography Exhibition “Hidden Thems” at Loft404 that brought a large and steady crowd throughout the opening night, Friday September 28, 2012.
The grainy, yet vivid photographs capture the subject as raw, present or engaged in their art. Raquel documented some of Toronto’s hidden and talented graffiti and mixed media artists, hip hop artists, musicians, dancers, models and more.
Apart from photography, Raquel recently created “Viva La Mujeres” a piece made during a live painting at the Ambition Contest on August 24, 2012. Participants had 2 hours to complete a piece with a total of about 15 finalists competing for the final prize of $1000. This piece and the story behind it earned her many praises. Raquel shared, that the five women standing in the piece “Viva La Mujeres” were known as “soldaderas” in the early 1900’s during the Mexican Revolution. At the time, women held little rights to what they were able to do but all the women who took the role of a solider stood up for what they believed in and fought for their country despite their sex or social standing. This, she believes, shows true ambition and fearlessness for what a person can achieve.