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 of Karachi. Freedmen’s Town, located just west of Houston’s downtown skyline, was founded and built by enslaved peoples immediately after Emancipation in the 1860s, while Lyari is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Karachi and home to a large Baloch community whose roots are in east Africa.
Artists included: Akbar Baloch, Paul Hester, Jibran Jawaid, Autumn Knight, Babette Niemel, Robert Pruitt, Sehba Sarwar, Kaneem Smith, KoumanKele African Dance & Drum Ensemble & student drummers and poets from Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy.
This production was cosponsored by African American Library at the Gregory School,Boat People SOS, Coalition of Pastoral Leaders-Freedmen’s Town, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (UH), Free Press Summer Fest, Houston Area Women’s Center, Houston Institute for Culture, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, and Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, Inc.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Yunuen Perez Vertti serves as VBB’s Production Manager. She is currently working alongside Sehba Sarwar on VBB’s living room art productions. Originally from Mexico City, Vertti is a photographer and filmmaker. Her films have been screened at Fotofest and at the Michelle Brangwen Dance Ensemble.