ART WORKS Projects is honored to present ECHOES: Looking back on Flint amid COVID, a photographic collaboration between students of News Movement, Report for America fellow KT Kanazawich, Flint Beat, and Emerging Lens 2020 Fellow Brittany Greeson.
Since 2014, residents of Flint have fought for their right to safe drinking water. The gross negligence of government systems, a failing infrastructure, decades of racial inequity and rising income inequality left the community exposed to lead poisoning. As the community’s battle to secure clean water continued, the City of Flint was then hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic. These compounded crises further exposed systemic inequities in communities nationwide and pushed Flint residents to be self-reliant as they had been amid the City’s ongoing water crisis.
ECHOES reflects on the City of Flint amid these layered challenges. The images explore themes of hope and despair, love and loss, and connection and separation during the global pandemic. They do not attempt to encapsulate a single experience but rather explore narrative threads connecting the complex perspectives of Flint’s community members amid such challenging moments in history. This project was produced as part of ART WORKS Projects’ Emerging Lens Fellowship Program.
Emerging Lens is ART WORKS Projects’ signature program that awards project support, unrestricted grants, and mentorship to emerging photographers working to document social justice and human rights issues in their own backyards and around the world.
The mission of Emerging Lens is to create a network of support for emerging photographers in hopes of creating greater accessibility to the field while making their work and the issues they highlight visible through public exhibitions in spaces nontraditional for documentary photography.
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Brittany Greeson is a Detroit, Michigan based documentary photographer. Her work examines economic divestment, gender disparity and the daily life of the American working class primarily through long-form visual narratives and portraiture. She is the 2020/2021 ART WORKS Projects Emerging Lens Fellow.
KT Kanazawich is a photojournalist for Flint Beat based in Flint, Michigan from Binghamton, New York. She works as a freelancer collecting community stories and photographing landscapes and is drawn to making colorful, intimate images of under-represented communities and people.
News Movement photographers: Kimora Carr, Ty’a McQueen, Tierian Hall, Adrian Merriwether, Laila McDougal, Travis “Trey” Davis, Sima Gutierrez, Armoni Roland, and Ania.