Homes & Histories Documentary Part 1

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This documentary showcases VBB’s living room art production, Homes and Histories, that was held in December 2012. The production was held on the streets of Freedmen’s Town, Houston with digital links to Lyari, Karachi (Pakistan) as well as to villages outside … Continue reading

Part 2 – historian Kairn Klieman

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At Homes and Histories Part 2, Dr. Kairn Klieman Ph.D.shared her research about the connections and migrations between East Africa and South Asia, an area that she has been studying for a long time. ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Dr. Kairn Klieman was … Continue reading

Guide & Map

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by Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt worked with VBB to create printed programs that guided audience members through the streets between different installations. The starting points for Homes and Histories were the video-dome on the … Continue reading

Photo Walk

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Photos by Akbar Baloch and Paul Hester; street installation by volunteers including Than Viachos, Michael Woodson and many more Photographers Akbar Baloch (Lyari, Karachi) and Paul Hester (Houston) shared more than 60 photographs with VBB, and we ordered 500 prints to be … Continue reading

Video Dome

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by Voices Breaking Boundaries artists VBB’s video-dome was a collaborative project. The metal dome itself was loaned to VBB by Free Press Summer Fest. To install the dome, VBB’s production manager Shadi Jam arrived at the Gregory School at 4:00 am … Continue reading

Drumming & Dance

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by KoumanKe’le’ African Dance & Drum Ensemble This performance, led by Christina Gerard of KoumanKe’le African Drum & Dance Ensemble, took place at the corner of Wilson and Andrews streets. Volunteers stopped street traffic as cars pulled to a stop … Continue reading

Drumming

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by Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy Third/Fourth Graders Students from Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy shared a drumming session directly outside the Gregory School. The percussion session was led by Christina Gerard from KoumanKele African Dance & Drum Ensemble. This … Continue reading

Story-telling

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by Jacquelyn Beckham and Lenwood Johnson Freedmen’s Town residents Jacquelyn Beckham and Lenwood Johnson were invited to the production to share their personal stories about their neighborhood. Here, Ms. Beckham shares part of her narrative. This recording was taken by … Continue reading

Story-recording

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with Amanda Hart Journalist Amanda Hart worked with VBB to collect stories by audience members. ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Amanda Hart is a native Houstonian who has been active in community organizing for many years in the Houston area. She is a … Continue reading

Poetry Reading

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by Justin J. Students from nearby Wharton Dual Language K-8 Academy were invited to share poetry. Here, seventh grader Justin J. shares a poem about “home”. —- To learn more about VBB’s Homes and Histories production, click here; to learn … Continue reading

We Are Here

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by Babette Niemel We Are Here is a short documentary produced by Babette Niemel; the film explores issues faced by the refugee community in Amsterdam.   ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Babette Niemel is an independent journalist/ documentary filmmaker, based in the Netherlands and has … Continue reading

Skype session

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with Babette Niemel We Are Here is a short documentary produced by Babette Niemel, who talks with members of the refugee community in Amsterdam.This recording of a live Skype session in the video-dome was shot by Yunuen Perez Vertti after the … Continue reading

4th Ward Ex-Residents

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Interviews by Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt These two videos were produced by Autumn Knight and Robert Pruitt. Both contain stories about Fourth Ward/Freedmen’s Town told by past residents of the neighborhood. ABOUT THE ARTISTS: Autumn Knight has performed internationally with Elevator … Continue reading

Contrast

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by Jibran Javaid with Sehba Sarwar and Aslam Khwaja During July and August 2012, Jibran Javaid worked with Sehba Sarwar and Aslam Khwaja to record interviews with members of the Baloch community in Lyari, Karachi as well as with members of … Continue reading

Our Voices: 2 Lyari Residents

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Interviews by Sehba Sarwar with Jibran Javaid In August 2012, Sehba Sarwar met up with Akbar Baloch, a photographer for different Urdu and Sindhi newspapers in Karachi.  Akbar Baloch hails from a Pakistani community called “Baloch”(also known as Sheedi), a … Continue reading

The Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum

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The Rutherford B.H.Yates Museum co-sponsored VBB’s Homes and Histories living room art production by offering guided tours of the Museum on the day of our show. Situated directly next to the driveway of the home where VBB held open mic sessions and … Continue reading

Photos

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The afternoon was documented by Burnell McCray who walked between the key spots of the Homes and Histories production to capture the moments on his camera. The full set of photos can be seen by visiting VBB’s Flcikr page. —- … Continue reading