Artists' Projects: Fall 2011
The Freedom Trail on Trial
Lead Artist: Neil Horsky
15 teens from neighborhoods all over Boston have been working in Urbano's studio since October with performance and installation artist Neil Horsky, creating a series of art and performance interventions sited along Boston's iconic Freedom Trail. Horsky and his teen partners have created projects ranging from temporary visual art installations to interactive performances that draw attention to forgotten details of the city's history, untold stories of Boston's past, and local history not included in official tours.
Urbano's teen artists partnered with professional artists, educators, librarians, and historians to plan and execute a critical, artists' investigation of the Freedom Trail. During the investigative process teen artists questioned the assumptions, accuracy, comprehensiveness, and impartiality of public presentations of the city's history. They considered alternative perspectives and drew parallels between historical and current events, reinvigorating stories of the American Revolution by making them relevant to their own lives.
Teen artists created temporary public art installations and performances along the Freedom Trail expressing critical insights and facilitating dialogue around the presentation of history in public spaces and the Trail's potential as a site for artistic, social, and political engagement.
photos by John Savioa • video by Rene Dongo
Exhibition at Urbano
December 2011 - March 2012
Days of Action in Downtown Boston
November 20th & December 4th, 2011