Jocelyn Purdie and Residents of the Swamp Ward
Our Projects - Kingston
Participants include residents of the Swamp Ward from
a range of backgrounds, age groups and experiences.
The link between members of the group is the commitment
to the culture of this north end neighborhood.
Within this framework, participants were encouraged
to become more engaged with their neighborhoods through
an exploration of particular aspects that have personal
significance or have impacted on their lives in some
way, whether it is socio-cultural, environmental or
political. In developing the concept for their project,
participants were encouraged to keep in mind questions
such as the manner in which the neighborhood functions
and interacts and their role/responsibility as individuals
both within that neighborhood and as part of a larger
community. There were many ways participants could choose
to respond. Inspiration could revolve around a particular
site or landmark, an aspect of the ongoing activity
of daily life or an issue or concern.
After much discussion it was decided that the project
will manifest itself in the form of a deck of playing
cards. Fifty two images have been created from the photographs
taken by the community participants. Each image/collage
will appear on the playing card side of the deck, the
reverse side having a map of the Swamp Ward. Often sold
as souvenir items one might pick up on a visit to a
tourist destination, this type of playing card features
renowned historical and cultural sites/attractions of
cities or countries.
For this project we will be featuring the area known
as the Swamp Ward except that our "features/attractions"
are our neighborhood and aspects of the everyday.