Cici Wu, A room with voices makes it less lonely, 2015 Found objects (Installation view of Project 837 Part 1)
Opening Reception and Workshop: Friday, October 30, 7 - 9 p.m.
Project 837, Part 2 is an exhibition series* designed to start a conversation about the definition of home and homelessness. The exhibition brings together a diverse group of contemporary artists, the public, activists and organizers for workshops, gallery exhibition and symposium. The exhibition encourages interaction and participation from the community.
“Home” conjures diverse emotions, images, and concepts, which are rooted in a person’s identity. With that in mind, Project 837 looks at home from various perspectives: as the place where we currently reside, a memory of a place where we previously lived, and, widening the parameters, a hometown or country we may have left behind. It also seeks to challenge the definition of homelessness, while raising awareness about realities faced by Baltimore and Rockville’s homeless population. This exhibition. One of the major components of Project 837 is a series of workshops with residents at homeless shelters, mainly at Project PLASE.
The number 837 refers to the space, in square meters, that each homeless person could occupy if Baltimore’s vacant buildings were renovated into adequate housing. The figure is equivalent to 9,009 square feet per person.
*Project 837 Part 1 was held at Project PLASE, a homeless shelter in Baltimore from March 17 to April 30, 2015.
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