ON VIEW FEBRUARY 22 – APRIL 26, 2924: “The Voices of People. The Stories of Places. The Politics of Power” amplifies and centers the voices and visions of 12 Houston communities and their leaders, through video, stories, maps, and photographs.
The Voices of the People. mediates and disrupts the relationships between public and private, fast and slow, the privileged and the overlooked, the beautiful and the ordinary, through a curated collection of visual, text, and audio storytelling focused on 12 Houston neighborhoods. The layered stories, intertwined across mediums, celebrate the power of people and the significance of place.
Pasadena-based photographer Joe Robles IV worked with curators Susan Rogers and José Mario López to develop life-size portraits of community leaders, standing firm in place. The portraits are a celebration of strength and resilience-of what it means to stand up to power, stand for rights, fight for change, and embrace a different future.
Dialogue and conversations, listening and sharing, are critical components of the exhibit, disrupting who makes and sits at the table, and organized through a series of public events that privilege, respect, and promote community voice over those of experts.
This dialogue is intended to explore intersectionality as it relates to people, the places they call home, and the power to imagine and achieve a new system with new values.
Image Credit: Ivy Lorraine Walls, Suunyside, 2024, Courtesy of Joe Robles IV