Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Artist, Workshop, And More

Community Portraiture and Storytelling

Sunday, July 17 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join urbanist and artist Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani for the final in a series of community portraiture and storytelling sessions, asking Jamaica residents: “Where would you take me on a guided tour?” These events, and the resulting story portraits take up residence at Jameco Exchange, providing an opportunity for people to share neighborhood places that are important to them, as well as places that are remembered or imagined. Each event features an installation of Gabrielle’s photographs and “guided tours” by residents in neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York and London, England—neighborhoods that are now almost unrecognizable due to large-scale development and displacement.

The Intersection Dialogues are held in conjunction with Once Upon a Place, a five-part program that presents an arts-based oral history model expanding upon panel and town hall formats, and three forms of public engagement arranged at the intersection of diverse audiences and everyday places. Local participants employ humanities and arts methodologies to interpret, analyze and represent neighborhood issues important to them within the context of a larger dialogue about a moment of social change sweeping across Jamaica and New York City. Once Upon a Place is supported by the New York Council for the Humanities.

Once Upon a Place culminates with Panel II on Saturday, July 9, in which artists Sol Aramendi, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful will present research gathered and projects created in collaboration with community participants about issues through art. For details and updates, click here.


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