For Freedoms: Leah Sobsey's Photographic Installation Class
Exhibition October 15th - 26th Opening: October 17th, 5pm - 7pm
Students will interpret Franklin D. Roosevelt’s concept of Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear, in their own voice and style utilizing photography. Their pieces will culminate into a group show that will be installed at UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space.
Lawn Signs October 15th - November 15th
Students will take black and white headshot portraits of the local community members in Greensboro and ask them to describe “a moment that they have felt free in their life.” Their answers will be coupled with the portraits and displayed as lawn signs in diverse locations around the city of Greensboro.
Banner October 15th - November 15th
Students will choose historic images from the archives at UNCG that visually and or historically relate to FDR’s concept of four freedoms. They will then locate speeches or text in the archives that relate to contemporary issues, and provide a parallel narrative between Greensboro’s history and the current problems we face. The text will be coupled with the photographs and printed on banners which will be hung up on the building at UNCG’s Greensboro Project Space.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
This project is made possible by a Diversity Grant from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at UNCG.
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. We produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century.
Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms Federation encourages new forms of critical discourse. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.