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ArtWorks with Academy of World Languages and Cincinnati Public Schools at REFUGE/Health Hub

October 2018

The Hope Narrative: Finding Resilience in Contemporary Photography and Family Photo Archives

October 24, 2018September 27, 2019

The Hope Narrative: Finding Resilience in Contemporary Photography and Family Photo Archives is the signature exhibition at REFUGE, which redefines the waiting room experience of the Health Hub. Artist Emily Hanako Momohara worked with a team of youth apprentices to make artwork for and about the community at Academy of World Languages and its new adjacent Health Hub. This artwork creates a welcoming, safe, and community-reflective atmosphere for clients and patients in the lobby and hallway areas, with a public component on view in Washington Park.

The inspiration for each of the works comes from interviews and personal artifacts from Academy of World Languages families and Evanston residents. Momohara and the apprentices interviewed families representing the diverse backgrounds and familial structures of future Health Hub clients. Their stories of cultural activities and wellness practices; family photos; and heirlooms are used to create the artworks through collage. There are multiple photo collage pieces representing the interviewed families’ unique stories of how they spent time together, particularly outdoors, which highlight the similarities and connections between families. These pieces are a combination of photography, collage, and textiles specific to the community’s stories. The artworks are for, and inspired by, the community, designed to break down barriers and increase cultural connections.

  • Emily Hanako Momohara with ArtWorks Youth Apprentices: Yordy Cabrera Garcia, Majd Eisabbagh, Irakoze Pascasia, Elsa Rothan, Lawrence Reed, The Hope Narrative: Finding Resilience in Contemporary Photography and Family Photo Archives, 2018. Digital Photo Collage, 5½ x 3½ inches. Image provided by Emily Hanako Momohara


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