Combining oral history, photography, community-based research, and archival practices, Ariana is co-creating a second iteration of the project Staying Power for her second consecutive year as a Create Change Artist-in-Residence. In collaboration with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP), public housing residents, and other community partners involved in housing justice in NYC, Ariana is using photography, oral history, and video to document the stories of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. The project will create a living archive of residents’ lives as a means to preserve their history, envision futures, and shift narratives around public housing. In Staying Power, NYCHA residents are experts and co-authors of critical inquiry around housing justice. The project will culminate in a community listening and viewing party of the archive the residents create.
“I think a lot about the ways in which data and visual language have been waged against public housing residents as a way to silence or pathologize them. I am really interested in using those same tools to empower and amplify those stories. Creating opportunities for residents to author their own stories is a helpful way to challenge the tropes and stereotypes that surround public housing.”