Home is in the Stories


Home is in the Stories is an artistic archive comprising portraits of and oral histories from Black residents of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Participants are photographed and discuss their experiences of making home and being Black in Bed Stuy. Using art-making and storytelling to build a record of Black stories for the future, the project is a space for Black people to memorialize and celebrate their own narratives––ones that do not exclude, demonize, limit, or marginalize us. Existing online and as a pop-up installation, Home is in the Stories offers space to reflect on and record the experiences of people who call the (re)generative locale of Bed Stuy home, to consider what care for Black people looks like, and dream of a new future together.

Meet the Artist

Kira Joy Williams

Kira Joy Williams (she/they) is an artist and community builder based in Brooklyn, NY on occupied Lenape land. Kira creates archival materials through portrait photography, oral history, and installation work, exploring notions of diaspora, home, care, and community. Her work is in assembly with longstanding memory-work traditions that use the past to make sense of the present and construct a new future – one in which we all belong.