This exhibition came on the heels of Chelsea’s six-week cross-country bicycle ride for her work as communications and outreach coordinator at Kairos Earth. During her trip, Chelsea considered the individual’s relationship to place by collecting interviews and photographs. Portraits of bare feet standing on a beloved piece of ground convey literal connections to the earth, while candid interview documentation brings each individual’s story into conversation with one another. These photos, interviews, and reflections are currently being compiled into a book.
Curbing environmental degradation requires efforts beyond political activism and conservation. There must be a transformation in our understanding of our relationship to the earth, one that stems from our personal experiences of the places we know best. Imaging & Reimagining sought to explore the artist’s role in documenting — and enabling others to document — one’s experience of place. Through photographic contributions or participation in story sharing, the local community was challenged with the following questions: How does place exist in memory and imagination? What is the role of storytelling and narrative in how we imagine place?
Featuring photographs from the bike ride, an artist talk, live music, poetry, and audience storytelling, the event was a great success!