WE ARE HERE: Finding Beauty In The Raw 2018

Chris Ivey
Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: South Africa and US, May 25 – July 29, 2018
4-channel video

My hope is the viewer will watch one segment, then return later for a different one. To give serious thought and comment to what they just experienced and to share with others... Family, Friend, Stranger, The World, The Universe... We are here.


Curated by Tavia La Follette

Artist Statement

With my early gentrification documentary work, some would ask “Where were the beauty shots?” and I would reply that “Not everything deserves beauty.” In my more recent works with teens and this installation, I felt that the subjects and viewers deserved more. They deserved beauty, to feel energized, to have hope, to have your heart drop or soar, to feel wondrous, to feel still and engage others outside of social media. This installation shows individuals telling various stories from their lives and histories. Some may enlighten you, some may enrage you, some may make you want to cry. The goal is for the audience to have various and very different experiences.

About the Artist

Chris Ivey is a documentary filmmaker whose work challenges audiences to think more broadly and inclusively on issues like race, class, and gentrification.