Project Artistic Director, Ananya Ohri was invited to speak at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference on Saturday, March 17th, 2018. Ananya did a case study on Home Made Visible: Regent Park, an event held at the 2017 Festival that invited past and present residents of Regent Park to a story sharing circle that celebrates the memory of pre-revitalized Regent Park.
“Home Made Visible: Personal Archives and Public Memory in Regent Park” Case Study:
What is the impact of a personal archive on an entire community?
Regent Park is Canada’s oldest and largest housing project. It is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-income community. For the last 15 years many people have told the story of Regent Park, a meta-narrative of troubled inner-city life and poor design. How does developing counter-archive, through shared storytelling, inform our understanding of community spaces and city building from the perspective of those who (continue) to experience displacement?
(Live digital illustrations were made by artist Melisse Watson)