Look for 15 large-scale portraits that will be hanging on the property of the historic Hull House Museum beginning on June 28. They are meant to provoke you. The portrait collection plays with themes of legitimacy and authority in both the content and formal aspects within the installation.
“The portraits call into question complex notions of visibility and identity. The faces on display conjure images of the thousands of immigrants who passed through the doors of the Hull-House Settlement, illuminating the Museum’s rich tradition of supporting immigrant rights,” said Harish Patel, Program Coordinator at the Museum.
Exhibit visitors can visit the Gozamos story booth, located upstairs in the RDH building. Here you tell your story (3 min. or less) about visibility, identity, community or any topic of their choice related to immigration and it will be videoed. Gozomos will retain the footage along with Hull House. There is no particular end product for the footage, but there is potential for it to be used in our ongoing conversations and programming about immigration.
The images will be posted using wheatpasting, a popular and expedient method for displaying “unauthorized” images around urban areas, around the Museum to heighten the impact of the work.
The “I Define Myself” project was inspired by Inside Out, a global art initiative focused on the power of art and ideas to change perceptions, attitudes, lives and ultimately the world.
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project created by the French street artist JR, who is the 2011 recipient of the TED prize. JR was awarded this honor for the massive photographic images he displayed on the sides of buildings, bridges, trains, buses, and rooftops in cities across the globe.
Inside Out project group actions, transform messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Participants of an Inside Out Project Action Group are challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world.
The uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the projectʼs co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium.
These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at http://www.insideoutproject.
The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, part of the UIC College of Architecture and the Arts, serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jane Addams, who with her colleagues changed the lives of her immigrant neighbors and influenced national and international public policy. The museum preserves the original Hull-House site to interpret and continue the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.