Art Project Home Town Counteracts Extensive Urban Developments in Boston Chinatown

HOME TOWN: RE-PRESENTING BOSTON’S CHINATOWN AS PLACE OF PEOPLE – THEN AND NOW
Sept. 10 – Oct. 2, 2016
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“Home Town” is an art project that supports a movement in Boston’s Chinatown of the last several years to counteract the extensive urban developments and gentrification that is threatening the integrity of the community.The project uses two forms of visual art to represent the people of the past and present Chinatown:

(1) Presenting History: 10-12 life-size, cut-out figures, reproduced from historic photographs selected from the archives of Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE), the project’s partner, are deployed for one week along public spaces in Chinatown.

(2) Representing Now: a photo-stations, with a historical-based
backdrop, are set up at varying times and locations during the display week; residents, working persons, and passers-by are encouraged to pose formally and have their portraits taken, aiming to create a newphoto album of the community with some 300-400 portraits.

Please invite family, friends and community to join us and post#chinatownismyhome with your portraits on the week of the Home Town public art project from September 10 – 18th!

SAVE THE DATES

Friday, 9/9 – HOME TOWN PREVIEW OPENING
Chinatown Gate, 5-7 PM

Saturday, 9/10 – HOME TOWN PHOTO SESSION #1
Chinatown Gate, 2-6 PM

Sunday, 9/11- HOME TOWN PHOTO SESSION #2
Chinatown Gate, 2-6 PM

Saturday, 9/17 – HOME TOWN PHOTO SESSION #3
Chinatown Gate, 2-6 PM

For questions and media inquiries, please email the lead artist, Wen-ti Tsen at tsenevans@earthlink.net.

A NEFA/Creative City project, with Chinese Historical Society of New England – CHSNE, also supported by Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW), Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center – BCNC (BCNC) andChinese Progressive Association (CPA). Creative City is funded by the Barr Foundation.



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