Participants in the project tell their stories through their own photographs, original art, text and unconventional objects. Baker Cahill then shoots the works with a .45 caliber handgun. Hauntingly fragile poppy blossoms painted around the ‘exit wounds’ suggest that healing and hope can co-exist with violence and despair.
Homeboy Industries is a youth program founded in 1992by Father Greg Boyle, S.J. following the work of the Christian base communities at Dolores Mission Church. The program is intended to assist high-risk youth, former gang members and the recently incarcerated with a variety of free programs, such as mental health counseling, legal services, tattoo removal, curriculum and education classes, work-readiness training, and employment services.
The most distinctive feature of Homeboy Industries is its social enterprises/small businesses, which gives hard-to-place individuals an opportunity for employment in transitional jobs in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn both concrete and soft job skills.
Among the businesses are the Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy/Girl Merchandise, Homeboy Farmers Markets, The Homeboy Diner at City Hall, Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy Grocery and the soon-to-open Homeboy Cafe & Bakery in the American Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.