How could we more clearly understand our fellow humans if we took the time to see past labels and surface judgments, looked into one another’s faces, and listened to the stories that make-up the human experience?
#IfYouCouldSeeMe is a multi-medium public art project that challenges the preconceptions of elements of the human experience. In this first iteration of this ongoing project, creators Erin Mahone and Dean Whitbeck explore the diverse and complex reality of individuals living with clinical mental health diagnoses. They are our mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, friends, artists, activists, veterans, athletes, and above all human beings with whole lives whose diagnoses informs but does not define their lives. There is so much to be learned from one another.
During this moment of deep division #IfYouCouldSeeMe offers an opportunity to be heard, to see, and be seen, and to find those things that make all humans family. Building on Erin Mahone’s acclaimed song and storytelling series, “It Runs in the Family”, and Dean Whitbeck’s moving documentary style photography, this project will produce large scale portraits of 10-12 participants. The group will also participate in a workshop in Winter 2017 to create written pieces based on the prompt “If You Could See Me” which will be performed live at the opening of the photo exhibit on May 19th, 2017 at the Crossroads Art Center. An #IfYouCouldSeeMe podcast will be produced with interviews of each participant and released in early May 2017 prior to the opening of the exhibit.
#IfYouCouldSeeMe you would know how alike we truly are.
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