What happens when one has access to a home? What is a home worth?
For my neighbors in Chicago, like many across America, one of their top concerns is affordable housing. Reflecting on the value of a home beyond a place of shelter, I spent sixteen weeks researching 218 GroveStreet in Bluffton, Ohio. This house was my mother’s childhood home and the place where my grandparents lived. My aim was to better understand where the value I place on the concept of home comes from and to use this lens to explore how culture, material knowledge and identity is passed down from generation to generation.
Ulana is a museum that aspires to care for and present objects through exhibitions and events enabling the people of Hawai’i Island, and its visitors, to access knowledge and interact meaningfully with the sciences and arts. Ulana was scheduled to open its first exhibit in the Fall of 2020. However, due to the pandemic, a virtual exhibit was developed and created. I collaborated with Ulana during the development phase of their website and virtual exhibit. Below is a screen recording of my proposal.