WHAT IS “EYES WIDE DETROIT” ?
An arts centered mobility in combat to widespread erasure violence through adorning communities with the community.
We are Detroit artist aiming to focus our lens on the community. Our mission is to broaden the narrative of our community through widening the scope of visual literacy, while also offering residents access to self sustainable visibility. We hope to transform the streets corners of Detroit into omnipresent experiences that shift it’s residents into 3D realms of perception. Through photography first, then film, and lastly public play we will highlight and mobilize Detroit bred artist and the communities that birthed their creative perspective. The communities in Detroit are hungry to emerge out of the marginalized identities caused by systemic erasure and displacement violence.
Starting with innovative framework that introduces the imagery of the residents of the District 3 communities. Eyes Wide hopes to give the community more access in controlling it’s narrative by altering the perception of self first through community adornment practices. Establishing through artist lead foto wheatpaste workshops with strategic placements of iconographic portraiture of the communities occupants on abandoned dwellings around the neighborhoods. Giving established and emerging artist access to decolonizing community movements and a platform to celebrate their artistic voices in their direct communities. Also, holding accountability by creating growth focused in sustainable community involvement through restorative mobility; documentation, archive work, and collective adornment practice.
Occupying space that is deemed as undesirable but more ironically untouched by the modern colonialism movement of gentrification. District 3 is currently deemed insignificant by it’s local government’s lack of care and blatant under planning to it’s communities. District 3 and communities alike are unshockingly being left out of the conversation when it comes to restorative infrastructure in the city and disregard by any plans to “Make Detroit Great Again”. Eyes Wide is a movement in tackling erasure, displacement, and silencing violence. At the current rate of gentrification in Detroit and cities alike I see no option but to mobilize my practice by influencing the interest in community development through self sustaining grassroots movements.
Starting with a swift wheatpaste campaign of my in progress photo series and film project Complex Melanin in the Conant Gardens community this March of 2019. Within my art practice I am currently archiving by photography and film the native detroiters in my network city wide. I have embarrassingly struggled to include my native community in my practice by the lack of reliable transportation and arts development resources offered in District 3. As a native Black Detroiter living in Black Detroit I hope to build and influence the building of non existing spaces for Black life to thrive in.