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)

Kinship Project Preview at the Three Story Feast

Hello Friends!

You are invited to the preview presentation of A Jeli’s Tale:  An Anthology of Kinship during the Three Story Street Feast on November 18th from 6pm – 9pm.

The Kinship Project began as an experimental public participation project consisting of over 200 photographs of African American families from 1910 to 2010 hung in the hallways of SHoP.   I invited to public to add their own family stories and photography to the collection, but the publics contributed more than just their stories.   During my residency at SHoP, I had the opportunity to collect sounds of children at play, music and documentation of family keepsakes.  I would like to use this opportunity to share the Kinship Anthology with you while the project is still in progress.   I welcome your thoughts and insights about the project.

Three Story Street Feast is a cross-cultural, street-food themed prix fixe five-course meal presenting local foods prepared by SHoP “resident” chef, Samm Petrichos, of Spice ( The meal will be served in different spaces throughout Fenn Mansion in a “progressive style dinner” with performances embellishing the night.   I will be documenting sound samples of the dinner, which may become a part of the Kinship Anthology as one of the performances.

This is an opportunity for the audience to ‘peek behind the curtain’ of the Kinship Project while enjoying a delicious five-course meal.   I hope to see you there!

For more information about the event, please visit the event Facebook page at:

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.