Essays by Ashley Kistler and Edwin Slipek Jr.
Published by Visual Arts Center of Richmond
Kentucky, South Africa, the Columbian Andes--photographer Wendy Ewald has collaborated with children all over the world, but she has not always been able to display her work where the members of those childrens' communities were bound to see it. In Peace and Harmony documents Ewald's first public art installation, one on which she worked with a group of second, third, fourth and fifth graders at George Washington Carver Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia. The project culminated in the display of 29 billboard-sized photographic portrait banners hanging in 12 outdoor locations throughout the Carver neighborhood, each one marked with the students' own words in their own hand. Illustrations document the process and the installation, offering what amounts to a visual tour of its outdoor sites, and two essays are augmented by an extensive interview with the artist and responses from in and outside the neighborhood.
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