Mandy Cano Villalobos | Madison at Franklin
Installation. Vote Code: 67827
Madison at Franklin is a site-specific installation that sifts Grand Rapids’ history through the individual accounts of city residents. Informed by local archives and interviews with residents, the work investigates a multi-dimensional understanding of history that encompasses individual and collective memory, location, race and gender. The final installation visually interweaves personal possessions and family photographs with reproductions of archival objects from historical organizations. In juxtaposing artifacts of public and private memory, Madison at Franklin highlights the discrepancies of how we document history, whose histories are deemed more valuable, and how viewers read themselves into the histories they see.