summer 2020: photovoice 

tools to reimagine cambridge 

Photovoice is a powerful research tool that combines photography with community engagement. Over the course of six weeks, participants developed personal narrative projects related to how COVID-19 and the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement have impacted their community. Teens celebrated their community knowledge by taking images of their neighborhoods around Cambridge, conducted interviews with community stakeholders, developed their identity as artists, and presented their work publicly. The intent of each Photovoice series created by the four artists below, is to create dialogue around current issues that Cambridge youth are shedding light on.

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"Big or Small Hear My Voice" - Gaelle Pierre

"Big or Small Hear My Voice" - Gaelle Pierre

This image was taken in Davis Sq. This photo resonates with me because they all show that voices have power especially BLACK voices. A little girl protesting suggests that anyone’s opinion can have a large impact even when they themselves may seem small.

"May His Soul Rest in Peace" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"May His Soul Rest in Peace" - Yafet Alemtsehay

Michael Brown was never mentioned until George Floyds death may he rest in peace too. I picked this poster because it’s the first poster I’ve seen around Cambridge and you could see how Cambridge supports us colored people and makes a lot of people comfortable.

"Be one with silence, be one with birds" - Alexander Phan

"Be one with silence, be one with birds" - Alexander Phan

"Lit up skies" - Alexander Phan

"Lit up skies" - Alexander Phan

"Looking Clean" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"Looking Clean" - Yafet Alemtsehay

This was a pond next to my apartment and it was usually dirty and the pandemic changed this place a lot because people used to dump in different food to feed the ducks don’t get me wrong that’s helpful but dangerous for the pond.

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"empty park, empty mind" - Jasmine Castle

"empty park, empty mind" - Jasmine Castle

"BLM Caged In" - Gaelle Pierre

"BLM Caged In" - Gaelle Pierre

As I was taking this photo in Inman Sq. I noticed it was the only sign on that street. In this predominantly white neighborhood seeing that some individuals took the liberty to stand with Black people showed progress. Black people have been silenced when it comes to the unfair judicial system. The continuous oppression that we have endured hasn’t gone unnoticed but it must change.

"Our Ancestors Watch Over Us" - Gaelle Pierre

"Our Ancestors Watch Over Us" - Gaelle Pierre

Our voices have power especially black voices, and deserve attention as well as justice for the inhumane acts of these police officers. Racial profiling is typical within the Cambridge area and that needs to change. African-Americans want to feel seen and heard and Cambridge as a whole needs to do better in showing their diverse citizens that they stand with them. I want this series to communicate that Cambridge is trying but needs to try harder.

"Eyed upon us" - Alexander Phan

"Eyed upon us" - Alexander Phan

This photo was taken near fields and parks, where these animals just watch upon us from up high or down low in the bushes.

"Cambridge Supports You" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"Cambridge Supports You" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"No Place to Play - Jasmine Castle

"No Place to Play - Jasmine Castle

"Interview with Cambridge Highschool Student" - Gaelle Pierre

"Interview with Cambridge Highschool Student" - Gaelle Pierre

"Crows Of Heaven" - Alexander Phan

"Crows Of Heaven" - Alexander Phan

"A flower only blooms with shine"- Alexander Phan

"A flower only blooms with shine"- Alexander Phan

"What A View" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"What A View" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"No More Flea Markets" - Jasmine Castle

"No More Flea Markets" - Jasmine Castle

"Untitled" - Jasmine Castle

"Untitled" - Jasmine Castle

"empty park, empty mind" - Jasmine Castle

"empty park, empty mind" - Jasmine Castle

"CRLS Shows Support" - Jasmine Castle

"CRLS Shows Support" - Jasmine Castle

"Untitled" - Gaelle Pierre

"Untitled" - Gaelle Pierre

"Playgrounds After Dark" - Gaelle Pierre

"Playgrounds After Dark" - Gaelle Pierre

"Great Golden Hours" - Alexander Phan

"Great Golden Hours" - Alexander Phan

"Let's Keep it Like This" - Yafet Alemtsehay

"Let's Keep it Like This" - Yafet Alemtsehay

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"Eyed upon us" - Alexander Phan

This photo was taken near fields and parks, where these animals just watch upon us from up high or down low in the bushes.