First thing's first: I am terrible at keeping up with this blog. I've somehow, accidentally, created the illusion that there is a team behind this project. That is an untruth. There is a team of folks who help with transcription, and I have some help with email here and there, but I do all the other stuff myself, which means I often forget to update y'all over here. On the other hand, I am extremely active on Facebook (feel free to friend my personal account here too, but fair warning: I'm obnoxious, so be prepared), Twitter (here, here, and here), and Instagram (here and here)—to a fault. There's even a Tumblr. Those are really the best places to keep up with the project.
As you may know if you follow me on social media, there's a Live Through This exhibition showing in Philly this month at The Art Dept. It's the largest so far in terms of sheer number of portraits of folks who participated in the project—130 portraits of attempt survivors in one place!
There are five portraits printed large at 20x30", another five at 11x17", and 120 5x7" prints spread across two large areas. We wanted to show the diversity of the survivors who have been a part of the project, but we also really wanted people to pick the prints up and handle them. To interact with them. To have an intimate human experience. The back of each print includes basic info about each survivor: their name, location, occupation, and age (and if their story is already on the site, a QR code that, when scanned, will take the viewer directly to that survivor's story).
The opening was this past Friday night, and the turnout was incredible. It was the first time a group of folks from the project was in one room—six of us! We took a selfie, but the guys were already gone by the time we did (see below). My heart is full.
In conjunction with that, CBS Evening News is doing a piece on the project, and came by the gallery to film today. The local NBC affiliate in Philly also filmed the show last week, and WHYY, Philly's NPR affiliate, will be filming in the gallery tomorrow for a show called Articulate that will see national syndication on PBS this fall. I will, of course, update with air times as soon as I have them.
If you're in Philly, the exhibition will be up at The Art Dept through the month of March.
I'm excited that our stories are being recognized at a level that might help others who find themselves in the same positions we've been in.
Thank you, as always, for your support.
PS: Live Through This is now a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, which means you can now make tax-deductible donations. Hurrah! If you'd like to make a donation, click here.