THE COLOR LINE explores the axis of neighborhood stratification as defined by labor, migration and racialized identities in North Wichita’s most iconic neighborhoods.

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.

This exhibit also featured a selection of items from the grain elevator mural production, created by Colombian artist GLeo at the Beachner Grain Elevator

Final Friday, January 25, 2019 till May 18, 2019
The Kansas African American Museum
601 N Water St, Wichita, KS 67203

“The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”
~ Audre Lorde