Current Public Project: A Jeli’s Tale: An Anthology of Kinship

A Jeli’s Tale: Anthology of Kinship is an experimental audience participation project by Samantha Hill.  The goal of this project is to collect family stories and photographs in order to build an ethnographic record of Chicago.

Samantha Hill constructed an installation of found & donated African American family photographs from 1910 to 2010 within Southside Hub of Production (SHoP).  The photographs are hung on a series of clotheslines that operate as map to link several families into a single tribe.

The public will be asked to donate copies of their family photographs & stories to contribute to the Anthology during the duration of the exhibition.  Photos can be copied at SHoP and reprinted by Samantha Hill to include in the clothesline installation. *

Open Story/Photo Recording Sessions:  Saturdays from 3pm – 6pm 

Please contact Samantha Hill at or call (773) 828-9549 for an appointment.

*Note:  All stories and photographs donated to the project are for public display purposes only.  Participants retain ownership of all personal materials.