Significant Surfaces was an experimental pedagogy project comprised of a series of hands-on workshops and film screenings. It took place at a supportive housing apartment building located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago.
I heard stories from the apartments’ residents about how they had overcome their exclusion from fundamental institutions: health care, housing, jobs, and education. Many residents were looking for classes in computer literacy, taking workshops in art, and applying to 2-year colleges like Truman, just around the corner from their home. I created this social practice photography project in response to these stories and desires.
The name of the project comes from the book Towards a Philosophy of Photography by philosopher Vilem Flusser.