Our first project included photo narratives and interviews from 24 South Side residents in an effort to initiate an open, personal, and holistic dialogue about life in South Side communities. Starting in Spring 2013, we reached out to community members and asked them to share their stories by taking photos of their daily lives and experiences. Using these photos to start a conversation about their lives and communities, we collected oral histories. In March 2014, this culminated in our first physical public arts installation. Our goal with this project was to provide a space for discussion and exploration of the broader themes of identity, community, and belonging.
More than 500 photographs were displayed with excerpts from interviews from community members in Bridgeport, Englewood, Woodlawn, South Shore, Washington Park, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Kenwood, and other South Side communities. The exhibit took place at The Experiemental Station in Woodlawn (6100 S Blackstone Ave) from March 13 to 15, 2014. A special community event took place on March 14, 2014.
4:30 - 7 – Refreshments from B’Gabs Goodies
5:15 – 6:15 – Performance by jazz musicians Fanta Celah and Khari Lemuel
6 – Bubble tea from Lee Wing Wah and Joy Yee
6:45 – 7:30 - Presentations from Anita Luk from Chinatown, Jean Carter-Hill from Englewood, and Gabrielle Darvassy from Kenwood/Woodlawn