About the Project
Washington, DC-based, emerging artist Darius Frank’s first ever public art commission, Things I Love/d, is coming to Dock 5 in DC’s Union Market on July 29 & 30. The project will feature an immersive multi-channel video installation exploring a changing DC through the stories of long-time residents.
Invested in contemporary reflections on the present and past of DC, Darius Frank has undertaken a multimedia work that explores these issues through the words of friends, family, and community members. The work comes together featuring a video where Frank uses individual storytelling and testimonials as a vehicle to give personal texture to things lost and loved by former and current residents of DC. A multi-channel video installation juxtaposes candid and descriptive tales of what each storyteller used to love about “old DC” alongside the things they might appreciate about the “new DC”. The resulting stories traverse the changing eras of the city, and weave a complex yet intimate narrative of gentrification and evolution in our urban centers with universal resonance.
The storytellers are various DC residents – diverse in age, gender, race and background – reflecting on prompts from the artist, such as “Describe one thing that’s lost”, “What did you love?” or “What do you love now?” Stories could be around a specific neighborhood haunt, activities, music, food, etc., and participants were encouraged to “paint a picture”. Sharing a highly detailed visual description of the scenes in which these memories are sited, then allows Frank to create an artwork that represents these collective memories.
Things I Love/d is a project developed in collaboration with Creative Time for the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ® Artisan Series.
Things I Love/d
Private Opening Event
July 28 6pm-9pm
Dock 5, Union Market, DC
RSVP Required & Must be 21+ to attend
Join us for the celebration of Darius Frank’s first-ever public artwork, Things I Love/d and enjoy drinks by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE ® Gin, snacks by local vendors, and live music at Union Market’s Dock 5.