While at any one time people and place are the ingredients of a community, the past and present are
the ingredients of the future ... and, after all ...
that is what we preserve for ...
THIRD WARD ARCHIVE
Over the years my work has dealt most directly with questions around what we find precious enough to preserve and why. In the Project Row Houses installation I am working with people who are preserving a community, the Third Ward of Houston, a place of rich history suffering from urban decay. While at any one time people and places are the ingredients of a community, the past and present are the ingredients of the future -- and, after all -- that is what we preserve for...the future.
So the ingredients of this installation will be photographs of and by the people of the Third Ward. In a way unique to photography, evidence of lives lived will be preserved in over 3,000 quart canning jars, each containing one photograph. Collectively all 3,000 jars will span the entire row house space, creating a near-maze of the faces and places of the Third Ward.