“Ariana Faye Allensworth: Staying Power & AEMP” at Independent Curators International (iCI)

On August 14 join ICI for the second iteration of the two-part program entitled New Media Intimacies with Ariana Faye Allensworth (Curatorial Intensive Alumna NOLA ‘19) to discuss how the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) makes visible what gentrification obscures. Founded in 2013 during the dawn of the current tech boom in San Francisco, AEMP is a volunteer-run data visualization and storytelling collective documenting displacement and resistance upon gentrifying landscapes. Primarily working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City, the collective produces digital maps, oral history work, films, murals, and community events.

Allensworth will share highlights and work in progress from Staying Power, a participatory photography project commissioned by The Laundromat Project‘s Create Change Residency that explores New York City public housing histories through the lens of longtime residents. Produced in collaboration with AEMP, the project employs photovoice—a research tool that uses photography as a form of inquiry—and oral history interviews to build community power. The program considers how data and imagery shape debates about affordable housing as well as what becomes possible when new media strategies are leveraged to trouble hierarchical assumptions about who is the ‘expert.’ Allensworth will lead participants through an activity that puts photovoice into practice.

Allensworth is a 2019 Create Change artist-in-residence at The Laundromat Project.

To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] with ARIANA in the subject line.