November 27, 2018 | 7 - 9 pm
University of Houston
Fine Arts Building, Room 110
4188 Elgin Street
Join us at the University of Houston Fine Arts Building for the culminating lectures and performances by the 2018 KGMCA-PRH Fellows, Regina Agu & Eyakem Gulilat. Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGoven College of the Arts and Project Row Houses created this fellowship program in 2016 to invite artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. Each year the fellows engage in creative collaborations that involve the Houston's historic Third Ward community and address issues important to them. As their year comes to a close, Agu & Gulilat will present their to-date responses to the questions that guided their year of research.
Regina Agu - A Psychogeography of Emancipation Park
Agu presents her research-to-date in a multimedia performative lecture that draws from archival and original photographs, text, moving image, and sound. Throughout her Fellowship. Agu investigated the history of mass congregation and activism in public green spaces and parks in Houston, with a particular emphasis on Emancipation Park. Her year centered on developing an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of establishing and maintaining safe, healthy, public spaces for residents of color across the city, and researching a feminist history of Emancipation Park and Third Ward.
Eyakem Gulilat – Black Place-Making and Informality
Using photography as a tool for documentation as well as an interactive exchange, Gulilat explores Black place-making practice. Throughout the Fellowship, Gulilat’s research centered on these questions: How do the narratives contained in Third Ward create a sense of place, and what type of stories do these places tell us about Third Ward and the African American community? The talk and accompanying exhibition explore the ideas of informal urbanism and landscape as metaphor.
About the KGMCA-PRH Fellowship
Center for Art and Social Engagement and Project Row Houses created the KGMCA-PRH Fellowship program to invite artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. Each year, the fellows engage in creative collaborations that involve the Houston's historic Third Ward community and address issues important to them.