This project was launched on October 3, 2016 and I am currently inviting all Oshawa residents, past or present, to participate in this reflection on the complex emotions produced by the city’s industrial history, and the impact and presence of grief and anger and frustration related to job loss in the city.
I recognize that I am asking participants to make themselves emotionally vulnerable, and that thinking about these painful feelings will be difficult. Participating in this project could potentially be healing and positive or it could also be distressing. My hope is that creating space to acknowledge these feelings will be helpful, and that sharing the video installation will allow exhibition visitors their own opportunities for reflection, vulnerability and recognition.
There are three different ways to participate:
SHARE A LOCATION
You can send me a location in Oshawa that represents a feeling of grief or sadness that you have related to job loss, and you can share as much or as little about the story of that location as you like. I will come out and video record that location to use in the installation.
BE IN THE VIDEO
If you are willing to be filmed, you can choose a location in Oshawa that represents a feeling of grief or sadness that you have related to job loss, and I will come out and video record you in your location to use in the installation. I can film all of you, or just a body part (like your feet or your hands) if you prefer. You get to decide.
SHARE THE PROJECT
You can share information about this project and this website link with anyone that you think might be willing to help me bring this project to life. You can talk about it, email it to friends and post it on social media.