Small Talk member Briana Cerezo, along with Ross Lee Chappell, and Jennifer Rabin are the artists-in-residence working on a collaborative project with support from Newspace Center for Photography and Oregon Historical Society to explore how place, history, and story—which all converge in OHS’s archives—affect individual and collective identities. The artists are specifically looking at the ways that the archives have included and excluded different communities. Whose history is being recorded and whose is being erased? Whose is represented and whose is misrepresented? Which communities are attempting to tell the stories of others and which communities are largely self-representing?
The artists are making portraits of Oregonians across the state and listening to their thoughts about why sharing stories matters, when they feel seen and unseen, and who they want to tell and keep their stories. They especially want to include as wide a generational span as possible, so connecting with youth is a priority. The work will culminate in a show at Newspace in October and November 2017 followed by traveling public programming.
This program is made possible with major support from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights Grant Program.