My Name Translated is Strength, 2018
Illuminus Boston 2018, Boston, MA
Thousands of Bostonians visited “My Name Translated is Strength” installed over the Irish Potato Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing during Illuminus Boston 2018.
On November 2nd & 3rd, 2018 we created a community-specific artwork for the Irish Potato Famine Memorial Park in Downtown Crossing, in conjunction with students from Suffolk University and Illuminus Boston.
100 Voices, Our Collective Story, 2018
The Armory Show, Pier 94, New York, NY
Harbor Voices "One Hundred Voices, Our Collective Story." March 8, 2018, New York, NY as part of Wang Xin's "The Gallery"
(image courtesy of de Sarthe Gallery)
100 Voices, Our Collective Story, 2017
City Hall, Gloucester MA
In collaboration with the City of Gloucester, Gloucester Public Schools, Pathways for Children, Sandy Bay Historical Society, The Open Door, Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies Grant Program, and the People of Cape Ann.
In the fall of 2017, Harbor Voices created its first community collaborative public art installation in the fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts. This community has centuries of rich immigration history from across the globe.
We held storytelling sessions at senior centers, the offices of public officials, public schools, nonprofit support groups, and historical societies to collect over 100 ancestral and recent local immigration stories.
The audio from the storytelling sessions was recorded and the stories were then condensed into an 8-minute sound collage, featuring a “babble” of languages overlapping into the sound of crashing waves. Short quotations from our diverse collection of stories emerged from the waves as the laser installation commenced. The sound installation immersed exhibition visitors in immigration stories, while the lasers visualized the web of connectivity between stories. In the exhibition, an ancestral immigration story would be heard in conjunction with a recent story and, eventually, the visitor could no longer discern which stories were recent and which stories were from the past. Lights from opposite corners of the room would connect and travel through space and time together, exemplifying the similitudes that exist amongst neighbors and community members.
"When my ELL students, who just arrived to this country, see their stories shared in the context of other stories about immigration and local history, I think they feel part of a larger community and more welcome here."
—A GLOUCESTER PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, December 2017