It’s all in the family . . . SenoritAwesome! performing at the Great Migration installation on Dec. 15th

Hello Friends!

Life is funny sometimes . . .

Last week I received a call from my cousin Lauren Fareira and she told me that she would be in Chicago for her latest gig.  Lauren (otherwise known as SenoritAwesome!) is a talented singer/songwriter who travels across the country performing beautiful music to the masses.   When I found out that she would be in town on December 15th, I asked her if she could perform at the Great Migration installation  . . . and she said yes!  Now this Kinship Project event is truly ‘a family thang‘!  :)

Check out the video above to see how awesome she really is!

Come see SenoritAwesome! perform with Deejay Juice of G.A.L.A.X.Y on:

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 – 2:00 to 6:00 pm

Southside Hub of Production – third floor

5638 South Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

Great Migration installation opens at 2:00 pm

Music performance start at 4:00 pm

Hope to see you there!  :)

Your friend in art,

Samantha Hill

The Great Migration: the first Kinship Project installation event

The Great Migration (Kinship Project)

Join me for the first installation from the Kinship Project:  A collection of African American family photography & stories from 1920 to 1950

Featuring the Chicago family migration stories of:

Diane Pearson Santana
Simba Tayari
Sherry Williams

‘A Gift to Warm the Body & Soul’ food performance by Diane’s son, Chef J. Frank Santana

Music performance by my cousin, singer/songwriter Lauren Fareira ‘aka’ Senorita Awesome

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Southside Hub of Production – Third Floor

5638 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637

Installation is housed in Faheem Majeed’s rooftop shack on the third floor

This event is a part of the ‘Towards a Union of Public Artists’ exhibition at SHOP.

Project supporters:
Bronzeville Historical Society
Southside Hub of Production (SHOP)

Frequently Asked Questions: What is a Jeli?

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Hello Friends!

So . . . I have been discussing my latest project, A Jeli’s Tale:  An Anthology of Kinship with the public and many of the same questions are popping up about this project during my conversations.  So, I thought it would be helpful (and fun) to place all of the questions I have collected in this blog.

Are you ready for the Q & A?  Here we go!

Q:  What is a Jeli?

A:  A Jeli (or griot) is a historian, advisor, arbitrator, praise singer, and storyteller.   In West African traditions, a Jeli is a living library of songs, stories and key artistic components of a culture whose role is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village. 

Q:  Why did you choose to adopt the role of a Jeli?

A:  A Jeli’s role is to learn a tribe’s history and to perform tribe’s linage through song.  In my artistic practice, I collect people’s stories to construct installations which allow the public to experience these stories in an intimate art environment.  So, I adopted the role of a Jeli as a metaphor for my artistic practice.

Q:  Do you sing people’s stories?

A:  No, I edit my subject’s interviews with music and soundscapes.   Then I play the narrative soundtrack in an environment constructed with memorabilia, such as family photographs.

Q:   Do you need original photographs for this project?

A:  No, I can make a digital copy of your photograph to add to the Anthology.  Your donation will be used for exhibition purposes only.

Q:  That sounds really cool, but I’m not originally from Chicago.  Can I still participate in your project?

A: Yes, you can!  I am interested in collecting stories from people who are living in Chicago.  It’s individuals like you that makes Chicago a culturally rich city.  If you currently calling Chicago you home (even if it’s temporary), then I would like to add you family stories and/or photographs to the Anthology.

Q:  Great!  How can I participate?

A:  Thanks for your support!  Please contact me through this website and we will set up an appointment for story collection.  If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.  I welcome all kinds of inquires.  :)

Stay tuned for posts about family story contributions donated to the Anthology!