Final auditions for ‘I Was Here’ Thursday

Published 10:58 am Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Final photo auditions are being held for the second phase of I Was Here, a public art display of contemporary African-American men, women and children reimagined as “Ancestor Spirit Portraits.”

Phase 2:  “Shape Shifting:  Becoming Each Other” is simultaneously a walk back through time and into the future.

The new images will provide an opportunity to change how we see the world and ourselves; using art as a means to portray who we could be, to create a vision for a common and shared humanity that honors and values every person.

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Clark County residents of all races and economic strata will participate in portraying Hannah and her son Daniel, two enslaved persons who lived in Clark County.

Those selected from the initial audition photos will have additional photographs taken which will be transformed into large scale portraits that will be installed downtown and throughout specific high traffic locations in the community.

Artists Marjorie Guyon and Patrick Mitchell are looking for Clark County residents of all races, genders, backgrounds and ages (3 and older) to have a photo taken for a chance to be selected as a model for the new images.

Those selected will have additional photos taken at a later date, and will be compensated for their work. No previous experience is necessary.

The final chance to have an audition photo taken will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room of the Clark County Public Library.

Funding for the project is provided by the Clark County Community Foundation, The Greater Clark Foundation and Wells Fargo.

For more information or to learn more about becoming involved, contact Patrick Mitchell at 347-645-9054,