Past Events

In March, Critical Exposue partnered with students from the Rhode Island School of Design to complete a public art project. Critical Exposure students took portraits and answered the statements "I am _____" or "I fight for ____." The photos were printed on 2x3' paper and hung at numerous businesses throughout the city. Click here to see a map of our host sites and photos of the setup process!

Click here to see each student's poster!

If you'd like to host these portraits on a window or a wall, please email lauren [at]

Join us from 5-7pm on Friday, August 1st for an opening reception of our exhibit at mad momos. A portion of the night's proceeds will benefit CE. Planning on attending? RSVP on Facebook!

Youth photos and #FacingDC portraits on display through mid-May.

We'll have never-before-seen photos from our Youth Internship program!

A student exhibit detailing the reality of the school-to-prison pipeline in D.C.

Please join us for Critical Exposure's 9th annual exhibit of youth photography for social change, REFRAME: Education through the Lens of DC Youth. See a new image of school reform -- one taken from the youth perspective.

Exhibit open Tuesday-Saturday, 12-4

May 21-June 10

Pepco Edison Place Gallery | 702 8th St. NW

Thank you to the over 400 people who came to the opening reception on May 21st! Because of your support, we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised over $20,000!

This exhibit on gentrification will comprise student photos from a number of our programs. We will also have photos from the local high school, Washington Metropolitan (DC Met) which is only a few blocks away from Kafe Bohem. The exhibit will be up Feb. 6th-March 1st with an opening event featuring DJ Hoodsnax on Thursday, February 6th from 7:00-9:00pm.

For the 4th year running, we'll be displaying our students' photos at FotoWeek DC.