PlaygroundStorytelling and portraits in New York, asking “Where would you take me on a guided tour?”
This project was begun at the De la Vega Art Show in the summer of 2002, where “Parque Lezama,” “Marda’s Photographs”, and “Tendai’s Tour” were exhibited. The show took place in a school playground in Harlem and gathered a broad audience. Once viewers had engaged with these pieces, Gabrielle asked them to contribute to the project themselves, narrating where they would take her on a tour of their important places. This project of imagined “guided tours” underlined people’s essential connection to place, and the power of this connection to draw together unrelated groups of people in an understanding.
“people’s essential connection to place, and the power of this connection to draw together unrelated groups of people”
In images and audio, the “Playground” website allows one to experience the pictures, stories and voices people shared. Through projects like this, our work strives to engage and to interact with communities.