It’s Home, No Matter What, It’s Home
       
     
I Remember DC Being Loud, A lot of People
       
     
I Just Love Going Out With My friends on H st.
       
     
The Scene in Her Eyes is a Night Out
       
     
It sucks, it's not chocolate city no more
       
     
She Didn’t Know What It Was Til She Thought About The People She Kept Close From DC
       
     
The History Is The Conversation. We’re Here Because Of It, Right?
       
     
Just Being in DC, the Children Playing, the Aura
       
     
DC is Nothing More than a Mosaic of Experiences and Colors at That Age
       
     
I Embrace the New DC, Looking to Forge My Own Lane While Appreciating What Was Here
       
     
That One Place in DC That I Can Whisper This is My Part of DC
       
     
We Used to Be in There Every night, I Loved it There. It was a DC Staple
       
     
       
     
Things I Love/d

Film Credits:
Things I Love/d, 21:38 video installation, 2017
Conceived by Darius Frank
Directed by Jay Buim
Director of Photography: Kyle Repka
Additional Video + Camera Assistant: Rick Cook
Sound: Catherine Hood

 

A very special thank you to our Interviewees:
Karen Abbott
Oki Abbott
Kem Alily
Rebecca Bean
Ericka Blount
Sara Boutrs
June Bryant
Alison Carney
Gary Dixon
Margery Goldberg
Daryl Hok
Kara Hughley
Rose Jaffe
Eric Kanter
Mahdi Khene
Ani Nguyen
Joyce Robinson-Paul
Woodrow Scott
B. Stanley
Lisa Thalhammer
Malissa Wilkins

It’s Home, No Matter What, It’s Home
       
     
It’s Home, No Matter What, It’s Home

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

He said, there are a lot of happening cities, but DC is home. In going all over, that doesn't change where your heart is. It makes sense for home to be where you grew up, where the people you love are. So you look forward to the little things, because you mind those. No matter what the “wave” is, you mind the little things.

 

I Remember DC Being Loud, A lot of People
       
     
I Remember DC Being Loud, A lot of People

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Mahdi was young, wasn’t able to process the rapidly changing landscape. With youth, grownups are just bigger people, and the complexity of speech is just strung together sounds. This makes for one hell of a memory.

I Just Love Going Out With My friends on H st.
       
     
I Just Love Going Out With My friends on H st.

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Emma is no stranger to cities. DC is everything though because of what she chose to pursuit career wise. Being here, making friends, linking up with them, and the place they go for a good time. Those are what make DC what it is to her.

The Scene in Her Eyes is a Night Out
       
     
The Scene in Her Eyes is a Night Out

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Sara has gone out a lot in DC and loves the night love Particular to bars, she notes the ones what feel “different.” Spaces where she feels comfortable, know people, and can attribute memories too.

It sucks, it's not chocolate city no more
       
     
It sucks, it's not chocolate city no more

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Rebecca knows her place in the city and actively searched for it in the early days of her stay. Having grown up in and around DC she yearns for a time that no longer exists and shares a sentiment with others that she doesn't have to feel she is like, in order to sympathize.

She Didn’t Know What It Was Til She Thought About The People She Kept Close From DC
       
     
She Didn’t Know What It Was Til She Thought About The People She Kept Close From DC

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

The History Is The Conversation. We’re Here Because Of It, Right?
       
     
The History Is The Conversation. We’re Here Because Of It, Right?

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Eric is from Boston, knowing what I know, it lacks the kind of diversity  DC offers. He loves the various stories and experiences. It’s needed to have that opportunity to take that in to make for a person… in general.

Just Being in DC, the Children Playing, the Aura
       
     
Just Being in DC, the Children Playing, the Aura

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Kourtney, who is from a small town, loves the city feel. The houses, people, children… The feel of the city draws here. That’s what stays with her. 

DC is Nothing More than a Mosaic of Experiences and Colors at That Age
       
     
DC is Nothing More than a Mosaic of Experiences and Colors at That Age

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

When your that small, DC is a challenge you take on. Everything is new, big, familiar and yours. The colors standout, the sounds paint a picture, the places look menacing, and running around brings joy.

I Embrace the New DC, Looking to Forge My Own Lane While Appreciating What Was Here
       
     
I Embrace the New DC, Looking to Forge My Own Lane While Appreciating What Was Here

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

Daryl, though mindful of the changing landscape, wants to embrace all of it. So he does by creating a DC for himself, that partakes in the old and acknowledges it, while taking the new and being present.

That One Place in DC That I Can Whisper This is My Part of DC
       
     
That One Place in DC That I Can Whisper This is My Part of DC

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

This piece, like all my work, is pretty personal. The project at large is pretty personal. Speaking about my favorite space in the ever changing city, I once believed I knew, is very important to me. It served as the basis for the rest of the project. The point to this was to isolate these experiences between new and old residents of DC. In that, map the similarities and try to bridge a divide. This piece is me extending that invite into it all.

We Used to Be in There Every night, I Loved it There. It was a DC Staple
       
     
We Used to Be in There Every night, I Loved it There. It was a DC Staple

Mixed Media (Collage, Acrylic, and graphite) on Wood Panel

2017

I regularly find it difficult to tackle memories of things are no longer in existence. This piece confronts that in such a way, I can be an onlooker. Engaging through the memory of another. Less vitriol in my dialogue when it is being used, instead, to convey the emotions and slights of another. For a city with little community recognition whenever there is a look back on the contributing factors that make DC what it is today, the area is full of memories and staples of a bygone age. Here, you have a visual representation of a long time resident remebering fondly, one of those sites.