Sarah Stefana Smith
Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Change Partner: Media Mobilizing Project
Discipline: Visual Arts
Sarah will develop a series of photographs for exhibition that explores the people and places key to a growing citywide movement of labor, immigration, poverty, homelessness, and housing struggles in Philadelphia. The project is part of a multi-media campaign to break the media blackout on these issues and understand the connections between them. The backdrop of these photographs is the changing landscape of the city, where the language of redevelopment does not include the poor, working poor, or immigrants. Instead of showing people involved in these struggles as victims, these photos aim to show them as powerful people involved in struggle. The goal of the project is to create a new organizing outreach tool using the photographs in visual projected presentations that can be toured in locations around the city, and distributed on the web.
Photo: Sarah Stefana Smith