CHESTER, PennsylvaniA: A [Neighbor] Hood
or Our [Neighbor] Hood?
For ten days out of the year, one of Brooklyn’s most affluent neighborhoods is infiltrated by a convoy of shipping containers carrying stories from around the globe. This provocative pop-up is known as Photoville. In 2013, I collaborated with award-winning photographer, Justin Maxon, and the Magnum Foundation to create Our [neighbor] Hood—an intervention into the everyday implications of gun violence. Our point of departure? Chester, Pennsylvania. A community that lies just beyond the City of Brotherly Love. A community more commonly known as a crime capital. By assembling fragments from individuals’ lives—photos, diaries and drawings—with cultural iconography, interviews, images and ephemera—the installation invites individuals to look beyond the stereotypes of a community in crisis and consider our commonalities. Because as artist, activist and lifetime resident of Chester, Donald Norman, points out, ”Night now in Chester is night now in many places—in Philadelphia, in Camden and every other place you can think of.”
It has to stop...
We're tired of
burying our children.
Mom, Grandma...Resident of Chester