The focus of my art is to investigate how memory, location and history intersect within society by collecting oral narratives & personal historic ephemera. Public participation is an important component of my artistic process. I invite individuals as well as communities to collaborate with me in developing new work by collecting personal story and/or photography donations. By assuming the role of artist as archivist, I apply my research to construct multi-media installations & performances within landmark buildings and community spaces for public interaction. The location is transformed into an immersive environment, which act as a conductor between the viewer, the narratives/ephemera and location. I foster collaboration with artists from diverse practices as a part of my creative process.
My current endeavor, the Kinship Project, is an archive of 145 years of Family photography (1867 to 2012), oral history recordings, artifacts and ephemera. The Kinship Project collection contains over 3000 candid & professional family pictures (vintage photos, scrapbooks, tintypes & digital images), mostly of African Americans from across the country. The collection also contains photo & audio story donations from Chicago residents. I began to use this collection as source material for Social Engagement projects in October 2012. My goal for developing historic installation projects is to create an open space for sharing, contemplation and dialog among diverse groups of about evolution of American culture.