project leader
Yancy V
location
1914 Poplar Ave
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Check out some pictures of the beautiful families being part of Barrier Free!

the project

Barrier Free is a socially engaged art installation designed by artist Yancy Villa-Calvo for Latino Memphis about the impact of barriers. Throughout history, humans have built walls to protect, define and divide. Some walls are physical, others are intangible barriers. Regardless of their composition, barriers keep people from being able to reach their goals or desired destination.

The installation attempts to be inclusive and open to interpretation. Symbols will make reference to barriers around nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and identity, gender and socioeconomic aspects. This project is less about the actual wall and more about the systematic attempts to divide individuals, families and communities.

Barrier Free Installation includes three main elements.

A physical barrier with portraits of families and individuals. Immigrants, refugees, Jews, LGBT individuals and families, Muslims, African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Christians and more will represent our city’s diverse tapestry. Everyone is an essential part of our community, and separating us, physically, emotionally or in any other form, makes our community incomplete.

Freestanding life-size mirror & cut-out silhouettes of families surrounding the wall. The silhouettes will portray different scenarios: a father carrying a small child, a caregiver pushing a wheelchair, to name a couple. Some of the images will be cut out leaving an empty space representing a missing person, underscoring the consequences of barriers. Viewers will be a able see their own reflection when standing in front of the silhouettes, provoking empathy.

An actual fence in which people can express a wish, a frustration, a solution, a thought, or prayer for, in honor or in memory of someone. They will be able to write it down on a tag and tie it to the fence. Also the viewers can make a donation to organizations who are already working on this social endeavor. This will allow people to participate and engage in social change in a more permanent way.

the steps

The full installation is approximately 8 feet tall by 40 feet long (with incremental growth) including the wish fence. It will be available for one or multiple day exhibitions throughout Memphis and the surrounding areas.

A pop-up version using a portion of the installation will also be available. Both intent to spark conversation, thought and to prompt viewers to take pictures and to share on social media.

The art installation is planned to travel around the country for a year.

why we're doing it

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” Martin Niemoller
 
The vulnerability of the Latino community has escalated to a level that has not been seen in recent history. Latino Memphis and its partners stand ready to defend, empower and advocate for families and individuals by providing: legal representation, know your rights trainings, “family preparedness plan” sessions, trainings for service providers, policy recommendations, and other strategies that will help build welcoming communities.
Financial support raised through this art project supports the work of Latino Memphis defending, empowering, and advocating; and 
it transforms the community through the power of socially engaged art. 
Every donation counts!

The time to help is NOW, our communities are under direct threat more than ever and we need to understand, engage, have empathy, and utilize our resources to help the organizations like Latino Memphis which are already helping to keep families together. We are Memphis and have a beautiful diversity, let's all work together and be resilient.

Supporters

budget

This campaign will fund two critical aspects of Latino Memphis’ work:

First, all individual donations to this campaign will go directly to defending, empowering and advocating for families and individuals by
providing: legal representation, know your rights trainings, “family preparedness plan” sessions, trainings for service providers, policy recommendations, and other strategies that will help build welcoming communities.

Second, each donation to the campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a private donor. The matching funds received will go toward building, fabricating and transportation of “Barrier Free: A Socially Engaged Art Installation”. The installation will raise awareness and engage Memphis communities in conversation around human suffering, family bonding, and individual liberties.
 



SUBTOTAL = $20,000
ioby Platform Fee $35
Donation Processing Fee of 3%  $600
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,635

 

updates

Check out some pictures of the beautiful families being part of Barrier Free!

We just concluded the photography sessions with the beautiful diversity it exists in our city. 

 

 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Yancy Villa-Calvo
  • BLASITA CORRALES Y FELIX VILLA
  • Mauricio Calvo