I REMEMBER:  Collected Memories / Shared Histories

A Cassilhaus hosted residency that will result in production of a participatory multi-generational community public art work.

Photographs trigger memories, memories initiate stories, stories connect individual voices.

During this time of global pandemic, many have been forced into isolation. Craving connection, we have found unique ways to stay in contact with family and loved ones. Some of us have used this extended at-home period to revisit, reflect on and organize boxes of old slides, prints and negatives that span generations of personal and family history. For many, this contemplation has reinforced the knowledge that our shared connections as human beings on this planet greatly outweigh our differences.

I REMEMBER, inspired by the memoir of artist Joe Brainard, will provide an opportunity for the community to participate, pause and reconsider the many perspectives of a shared experience, sparked by the power of family photographs.

Cassilhaus Artist in Residence Elizabeth Stone will create a unique large scale dimensional work from donated photographic materials (color negatives and slides) that depict individual and family histories that collectively function as a collaborative record of the community’s identity.

These negatives will be collected from generations who used the camera as a means of recording life events, weddings, funerals, family gatherings and portraits. Negatives will also be collected from high school and college age students presently working in the wet darkroom who have embraced the tactile process of photography as an alternative means of expression.

Together with Cassilhaus, several Chapel Hill, Durham and Hillsborough community partners will be identified to help the artist engage residents to contribute selections from their family negative/positive materials towards the creation of I REMEMBER. This art piece will memorialize the lives that make up our common history.

During the month of October, 2021 when the artist is in residence in Chapel Hill, a “sewing bee” will be held at a community venue for a small group of individuals to participate in helping bind these gathered materials together, frame by frame, memory to memory.

Following the creation of this work, a suitable location for public display will host an extended public viewing and it is hoped that intergenerational programming will be presented in conjunction with the display at all venues. 

For more information or to donate some materials,

contact Elizabeth Stone at 406.544.5490, elizabeth@elizabethstone.com