‘Connected In Chaos,' 2020. Mixed media digital collages printed on 13 dibond panels, 48in. X96 in. Richmond St. Underpass at King Street, London ON.
How do we come together during chaotic times?
160 participants surfaced and unwrapped relevant topics to the beginnings of the pandemic.
Over 160 participants reflected on London during the global pandemic through the collaborative creation of thirteen digital murals in the summer of 2020. ‘Truth to Power,’ ‘We Are Nature,’ and ‘This Land We Are On’ are some of the topics the process surfaced and unwrapped.
In a thirteen-week process, participants were invited to engage in activities such as online meet-ups, readings, videos, group exercises, and storytelling in many forms to explore their own stories of origin, belonging, and their place in the community. The process surfaced relevant themes through various art mediums, from abstract painting to photography, performance, watercolors, knitting, and earthworks.
Connected in Chaos is a legacy of community resilience in times of hardship—the project aimed to foster creative collaborations that revitalize and strengthen a sense of belonging in London. Art In Hard Times hoped to act as a pause to celebrate the inherent beauty of the city’s diversity.
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Social Lead Artists & Facilitators: Alejandro Zuluaga and Melanie Schambach.
Partner Organizations: BealArt, City of London, Cleanworks, CN, Forest City Gallery, Indwell, Innovation Works, L’Arche London, London InterCommunity Health Centre, London International Academy, Mind Your Mind, Museum London, Participation House Support Services, Pathways Skill Development, Positive Voice (+), Unity Uniform & Safety, Youth Opportunities Unlimited
Funder: City of London’s Neighborhood Decision Making (NDM) program.