Since 1994, Lewis Watts, local Richmond, California photographer has been documenting the city of New Orleans. Today, on the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina I consider Watts’ relationship to the South through his role as witness and informed participant. Focusing on a few images from Watts’ impressive New Orleans portfolio, the article “A Sustained Presence: The Photography of Lewis Watts on the 4th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina” seeks to describe New Orleans as a city whose complexities neither began nor ended with Hurricane Katrina. The full article is available here.
Reporting from San Francisco’s Zinefest at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park and the 2nd Annual Rock Make on Treat Street in the Mission, “Scissors, Glue and Photocopies: DIY San Francisco” celebrates San Francisco’s independent, do-it-ourselves and do-it-together culture. With highlights of favorite local writers and musicians, this article is a love letter of sorts to a city that embraces the alternative. Read more here.
Home is something I carry with me is an alternative art exhibition and film screening featuring over forty local Bay Area artists whose work interrogates the concept of home. For one weekend, two homes in San Francisco’s Mission District will transform into exhibition spaces and the backyard of a third home will be used for an outdoor film screening. Home is something I carry with me emerged from the current climate of foreclosures, rapid development, and threats of rent control repeals. By reinventing three homes as art venues and opening them to the public, Home is something I carry with me exercises the rights of renters to use private residences for what we deem public good; an action that can be considered a resistance to the current housing crisis and the lack of economic sustainability for artists. The work within this exhibition expands the notion of home by considering shifting relationship to place and identities formed through diasporic and migrant movement. Individual rooms within the homes will act as galleries organizing the work around themes of shelter, migrations, domestic space and memory, mapping, borders, neighborhoods and identities.
Press and artist preview
Thursday, September 3, 7 – 9 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Friday, September 4th, 4 – 8 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Friday, September 4th, 4 – 8 p.m. @ 348 Shotwell Street
Saturday, September 5th, 12 – 5 p.m. @ 3352 24th Street and 951 Shotwell Street
Reading and Performances
Sunday, September 6th 7 – 9 p.m. @ 951 Shotwell Street
Participating artists: Mara Baldwin, Taha Belal, Jesse Brown, Michael Campbell, Julie Cloutier, Pablo Cristi, Cindy DeLosa, Amy Wilson Faville, Jonathan Fischer, Molly Goldberg, Pablo Guardiola, Alvaro Guillen, Jason Hanasik, Amber Hasselbring, Malak Helmy, Amanda Herman, Nanci Ikejimba, Josef Jacques, Amy Keefer, Claire Kessler-Bradner, Lynn Marie Kirby & Lisa Robertson, Milena Korolczuk, Laurel Lee, Lauren Mardsen, Lynne McCabe, Klea McKenna, Ranu Mukherjee, Jeff Norman, Alexis Petty, Simon Pyle, Hilary Schwartz, Renetta Sitoy, Lewis Watts, Mira M. White, Anna Whitehead, Megan Wilson and Carmen Winant
Participating filmmakers: Terry Berlier, Michael Goodier, Amanda Herman & The Morris Family, Lynn Marie Kirby, Katherin McInnis, Gloria Moran, Kari Orvik with Veronica Majano & the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center
Curated by Adrienne Skye Roberts and funded by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant program
Postcard design by Alexis Petty
“This land wasn’t made for you and me” was written after touring the San Francisco Federal Building designed by Morphosis Architecture firm. The article focuses on the building’s plaza on the corner of 7th and Mission Street that claims to be “public,” yet is built on federally owned property. Despite its sustainable design, there is little connection between the designer’s mission to create a democratic social space and the actual function of the federal building. Read the full article on SFMOMA’s blog Open Space.