The exhibition unfolds as a multifaceted journey through the making and re-making of Wichita’s NorthEnd and Northeast neighborhoods, highlighting some of the people and communities who have held this community proud.
Located in the city’s urban core, these neighborhoods offer living testimonies that speak to an intrinsic bond between capital and the movement of people. The stories evoke nostalgic accounts about the promise of opportunity and underscores a systemic lack of access to resources necessary for the growth and sustainability of a strong social fabric.
Despite this palpable institutional neglect, north Wichita neighborhoods are rich in history and character. THE COLOR LINE brings into sharp focus the interrelationships of neighborhood residents through their shared history, stories, and reflections on possibility.
It presents a poignant case to challenge narratives of Othering within and outside communities of color, and to advance transformative strategies for the empowerment of disenfranchised people and self-determination.
This exhibition featured thirty (30) photo portraits, audio and video interviews of North Wichita neighborhood residents by photographers Ashwin G Raj, Alexis Rivierre, Xavier Raul, and Juan Carlos Garcia. The portraits will be accompanied by cultural and historical data collected by the project canvassers through a door-to-door engagement campaign in 2018.