Boston Trauma had the opportunity to check out ANONYMOUS BOSTON, A Multi-Media Exhibition Examining the Media’s Role in Urban Violence exhibition yesterday. The exhibition is a moving experience and we encourage everyone to check it out.
ANONYMOUS BOSTON will be on view Friday, November 4 through Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Fourth Wall Project in Boston’s Kenmore Square/Fenway neighborhood.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1-7pm
ANONYMOUS BOSTON, A Multi-Media Exhibition Examining the Media’s Role in Urban Violence
Born from the idea that “violence is everybody’s responsibility,” media producer and activist Joanna Marinova Jones began organizing ANONYMOUS BOSTON, A Multi-Media Exhibition Examining the Media’s Role in Urban Violence, featuring an array of mediums including painting, mixed media, photography, text and audio recordings.
In response to her frustration with “the unaccountable and often intrusive media coverage made even worse by callous comments left online by “anonymous” readers and bloggers,” Jones explains that she is “just doing my part.” She continues “whenever we lose a child’s life to senseless violence, the family’s’ pain is exacerbated by sometimes inaccurate and insensitive media coverage. This is further amplified by anonymous comments that relentlessly attack and hurt grieving families with their comments.”
Jones’ multi-media installation includes life-size photographs of murdered children, juxtaposed with the anonymous comments and responses from the affected families. Further, ANONYMOUS BOSTON features a site-specific graffiti landscape mural by street artist Kwest; photographic family portraiture by Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo. Jones also interweaves a variety of audio interviews she recorded with the families.
ANONYMOUS BOSTON provides some insight into the aftermaths of urban violence on Boston-area children and the family’s responses to the affect of media coverage, as well as the readers’ and bloggers’ comments thereafter.