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Blvck Vrchives


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Blvck Vrchives


A CURATORIAL PROJECT BY RENATA CHERLISE

a visual journey through history



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IN COLLABORATION WITH CHICAGO Reader


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IN COLLABORATION WITH CHICAGO Reader


ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

Blvck Vrchives is teaming up with the Reader & working closely with Director of Photography, Danielle A. Scruggs, to create multimedia narratives centering black life in Chicago pulling from the Sun-Times photographic archive. 


 
May marks the anniversary of the second inauguration of Harold Washington, Chicago's first (and so far only) black mayor. To mark that milestone, Blvck Vrchives curator Renata Cherlise considers the parallels between the political climate in Chicago during the 1983 mayoral election and the political climate of today.

 

Nearly 41 years after the premier of Cooley High, we take a look back at CPS during the 60s and 70s, and the longstanding fight for educational equality. 

 

On the 50th anniversary of a landmark desegregation lawsuit, the Reader and Blvck Vrchives offer this visual sampler of the city's segregated housing past.
 

A glimpse of Chicago childhood inspired by Gwendolyn Brooks.

 

In this election year, we look back at the history of black voter mobilization in Chicago and in the south.
 

The Reader is collaborating with Blvck Vrchives founder and curator Renata Cherlise to craft narratives using material from the Sun-Times archives. The first feature is a reflection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s impact on Chicago, as well as the brief period of time he spent in the city to promote fair access to housing and education.
 

We take a look at the family legacy of Johnson Publishing and the publications that became a staple in black American households.

 

In honor of the late Muhammad Ali's legacy, we take a look back at his life in Chicago. 

 
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In Collaboration with Black florida


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In Collaboration with Black florida


ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP


Black Florida is an ongoing, modern photographic and language archive of the predominantly Black rural towns, and inner cities throughout the State of Florida. The project, which was born in Miami-Dade County, aims to document and present these invisible communities, not as they often portrayed to the world, via negating newsworthy events, but rather from the narrative of the residents, as a sense of place, as home, as community.

Together, Blvck Vrchives & Black Florida presents a current visual archive of everyday life of Black Floridians. 


View: An exploration of home (Part i)

 

An exploration of Home (Part II) in Jacksonville, Florida in collaboration with Johanne Rahaman (Founder of Black Florida) Through vignettes and photographs from my personal archive, Part I offers a reflection of the time my family and I spent in the Blodgett Homes. Part II explores a bigger narrative, the community's reflection through an annual celebration near the site of the old public housing development demolished over 20-years ago. Photos and footage by Johanne Rahaman. 

Footage by Johanne Rahaman, Founder of Black Florida 


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Interviews & Features


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Interviews & Features


learn more about the curator & origins of blvck VRCHIVES


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For Inquiries


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