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Gibbs Street Gallery at VisArts Presents Project 837: Home and Homelessness, Part 2. Project 837

Photo courtesy of VisArts.

Photo courtesy of VisArts.

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Opening Reception: Friday, October 30 from 7pm to 9pm

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From October 28 to December 13, VisArts will present Project 837: Home and Homelessness, Part 2. Project 837, curated by Yunjeong Hong and Yeim Bae, is an exhibition series designed to start a conversation about the definition of “home” and “homelessness.”

Project 837, Part 1 (March 17 to April 25, 2015) focused on workshops with people at Project PLASE, a homeless shelter, and the elderly immigrant population in Baltimore City.  The number 837 refers to the space, in square meters, that each homeless person could occupy if Baltimore’s vacant buildings were renovated into adequate housing. At VisArts, Project 837, Part 2 brings together a diverse group of contemporary artists, activists and organizers and the public for an exhibition, symposium, workshops, and performances that address the question “What is home?”

“Home” conjures diverse emotions, images, and concepts that are rooted in a person’s identity. With that in mind, Project 837, Part 2 looks at home from various perspectives: as the place where we currently reside, a memory of a place where we previously lived, and, widening the parameters, a hometown or country left behind. It seeks to challenge the definition of homelessness, while raising awareness about realities faced by Baltimore and Rockville’s homeless population. Integral to the curators’ vision is an open dialogue between artists, social scientists, educators, activists and the public. Visitors of all ages will have an opportunity to participate in this non-traditional exhibition format. The heart of the endeavor is to get people talking, to reveal the full weave of the social and cultural dynamic surrounding the question “what is home?” and to facilitate opportunities for creative engagement with this topic.

The artists featured in Project 837, Part 2 approach the themes of “home” and “homelessness” through a variety of media including video, installation, participatory workshops, and performance. The artists include: Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross, Hye Young Kim, Ji Ye Kim, Sung Min Lee, Seon Young Park, Rui Sasaki, Hwa Jin Shin, Paul Shortt, Naoko Wowsugi, Jenna Wright, Cici Wu, Doo Hyun Yoon, Light Switch Dance Theatre (Sandra Atkinson, director and choreographer), Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group.

A symposium scheduled for Sunday, November 15 is one of several discussion platforms for Project 837: Home and Homelessness, Part 2. The symposium is specifically designed to share ideas and experiences within the theme of “What is home?”  These discussions are free and open to the public. Presenters will include homelessness researchers, founders and directors of homeless-related institutions, and artists exploring identity, space, and social practice studies in a diversity of art forms.

Workshops, performances and activities for children and families are scheduled throughout the run of the exhibition. All activities and events are free and open to the public.

About the  Curators: Yeim (Amy) Bae received her MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA, and BFA in Curatorial Studies and Art Management from Dongduk Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. She has curated several group shows, including “B is for Baltimore: Baker Artist Award (2013)” and Locally Sourced (2014) in Baltimore, and I-Scream (2009) and In Absentia (2010) in Korea.  Some Assembly Required (2015), currently in Baltimore and curated by Yeim, is another exhibition in the Project 837: Home and Homelessness series.  Yeim has interests in non-profit experimental art organizations and in developing public education programs designed to enhance social engagement and community outreach.

Yunjeong Hong received her BFA from Seoul Women’s University (2005) and MFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2010). Her work involves writing, drawing, sculpture, installation, video and performance. Apart from her studio practice, Yunjeong curated the exhibition “Nomadic Fantasia-indra’s net (2011)”.
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Artists Include: Ryan Griffis & Sarah Ross, Hye Young Kim, Ji Ye Kim, Sung Min Lee, Seon Young Park, Rui Sasaki, Hwa Jin Shin, Paul Shortt, Naoko Wowsugi, Jenna Wright, Cici Wu, Doo Hyun Yoon

Performance Artists Include: Light Switch Dance Theatre (Sandra Atkinson, director and choreographer), Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Thursday: noon to 4pm
  • Friday: noon to 8pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: noon to 4pm

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.

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