You Are Here
You Are Here is a video and print project relating to my family’s first impressions of life in the South. The idea … Maps are made for the traveller to give a sense of where they’re going, how they’re going to get there, and how long it’s going to take. Like maps, the human face endows us with a similar sense of orientation. Behind a smile or a knowing gaze, the face collects emotional milestones for us to discern. It can signal to us when too much time has passed deep in the fluted folds of the skin. This project offers a memory map bridging those “smiling faces” to the “beautiful places” that form part of my family’s early experiences living in the South. We moved to South Carolina in the mid 2000’s from New York during a time when other immigrant families were seeking relief from the big city. It is compendium of outtakes from an era where active resistance meant sticking together and carving out a space for ourselves. Within their faces I find my own–I see where I am and honor where we have been. I want to share this because I know in being here I am not alone. What forces brought you to be at this very point in time? Investigating this will become more and more crucial to our collective survival. May we continue to hold a mirror up to history’s countenance, and may this record survive so that our stories remain.