Tieshka K. Smith | PHOTOGRAPHER
Photographer, Blogger, and Consultant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Boundaries.Battlegrounds.Blessings: A Neighborhood Photo Album (2017)"
Displacement and gentrification are not fixed, one-time events in a community’s evolution. Instead, they represent a series of visible “flash points” – think, new residential and commercial development projects, infrastructure repairs, cafés, doggie parks – resulting from years of hidden planning and decision making by a handful of actors behind the scenes. Depending on who’s looking, these “flash points” can either challenge a neighborhood’s existing identity or offer a reason for celebration.
Boundaries, Battlegrounds, Blessings: A Neighborhood Photo Album is a participatory project by photographer and community activist Tieshka K. Smith that seeks to examine these tensions between old and new, while unearthing the ways in which stakeholders cope with these changes. This project is part of the larger citywide art and civic engagement project entitled Philadelphia Assembled. Learn more about it at http://phlassembled.net
To enhance this Neighborhood Photo Album, we invite members of the community to submit photographs that represent the “Boundaries”, “Battlegrounds”, and “Blessings” in their neighborhood. Priority consideration will be given to South/Olde Kensington photos.
Please send digital files to email@example.com with "B3 photo submission" in the subject line. For prints, please drop off on site (1335 N 4th Street) from 12-5pm on June 10, July 1, July 8, July 15). We will be accepting photo submissions through July 15, 2017.
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BIOGRAPHY OF TIESHKA K. SMITH
Tieshka K. Smith is a Philadelphia-based photographer, blogger, community activist, creator of the#RacismIsASickness anti-racism art installation, and producer/host of the#VoicesForRacialHealing podcast. She is a #PHLAssembled collaborating artist. For nearly 7 years, her photographs have been featured online, in print, and in galleries and other community spaces on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Her work investigates racial and civic identity formation, how memories and values are shaped, and the impact that marginalization of people and ideas has on changing neighborhoods. It is her goal as an artist and cultural worker to facilitate dialogue and radical action around a range of socioeconomic issues that impact everyday people living in urban communities.She utilizes as many tools at her disposal to challenge and disrupt the status quo.