Date/Time: 28/10/2004 12:00 am
25 hours. 26 homeless youth. One street corner. One day.
Amnesty International Firefly Project presents a free discussion and screening of Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry’s single-channel video installation,
“Endurance,” at the Chelsea Museum on Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM. Challenging Seattle’s vagrancy laws, which target homeless youth by making it illegal to sit or stand still on the street, McCallum and Tarry filmed 26 homeless young people standing for an hour each on the same square of sidewalk in performances dedicated to individual victims of gun violence—a statement of civil defiance as well as an act of endurance for those who suffer from drug addiction, health problems, or attention deficit disorder. The footage of the performances, accompanied by audio testimonies from each of the participants, is condensed: each person spends five minutes on screen as pedestrians stream by in the background. Raw and unsettling, the film highlights the negligence of the passerby even as it implicates the viewer who faces, and is faced by, the people on screen.
McCallum and Tarry will introduce the project, which was commissioned by the ArtsUp program of the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and created in
conjunction with Peace on the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS), a homeless-youth advocacy organization. The artists will also lead a discussion on using testimonial and witnessing to open dialogue about civic issues. After screening a video excerpt, they will invite the audience to ask questions.
The “Endurance” project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, includes life-size photographs of the youth featured in the video, now on view at the Marvelli Gallery at 526 West 26th Street. For more information, please visit:
“Endurance” is presented as part of Art/Works, a workshop and lecture series created by Amnesty International Firefly Project to encourage a range of art forms as tools for social activists.
Location: Chelsea Museum of Art
Address: 556 West 22nd Street
Subway: C/E to 23rd Street
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2004
Time: 6:00 PM
Contact: 917-848-7529 (Lara)
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