Photoville

Hard Times are Fighting Times

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Featuring: Alice Proujansky

Presented by:

  • Photoville

Supported by:

  • Magnum Foundation
View Location Details Brooklyn Bridge Park – New Dock Street

New Dock Street and Water Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Location open 24 hours

Produced with support from the Magnum Foundation.

Most families don’t have their parents’ FBI files in dusty boxes. Mine does.

This project describes the legacy of my parents’ participation in radical leftist groups, including Weatherman and the Native American Solidarity Committee, which sought to overthrow imperialism and capitalism through organizing and revolution.

My parents believed that another world was possible, that together they could forge a more just future for humanity. Their utopian dreams of Marxist-Leninism, feminism, and fairness are deeply compelling — but intensely rigid.

They fell in love while planning a 60,000-person demonstration in 1976. (Friends joked it would never last — my mom was a Marxist, my dad an anarcho-communist.) The story of their activism is the story of me.

This heritage inspires me, but it can also be oppressive, with enormous pressure to hew to the party line. Our family unit was its own political movement, nation-state, culture, and system of belief.

Mainstream histories of Weatherman focus on curdled utopianism, charismatic individuals, flower children gone druggy and dark. But my family’s archive offers a fuller understanding. Violence and dogma played their part in the movement, but so did a beautiful dream of shared labor, equity, and justice. This project shows unyielding expectations, but also familial love and loyalty, humor, and a search for nuance.

How can I live up to these expectations? Do I want to? Which parts of these perspectives will I keep, and which will I discard?

Artist Bios

  • Alice Proujansky

    Alice Proujansky is a documentary photographer and writer covering family labor: birth, work, motherhood, and identity.

    She is now working on a Hard Times are Fighting Times photo book, photo essays about culturally-responsive birth work, and photography and visual literacy workshops.

    Proujansky has taught photography since 2002 and was the lead curriculum writer for On Sight, Aperture’s photography and visual literacy curriculum. Her first book, Go Photo! An Activity Book for Kids was published by Aperture.

    Proujansky grew up in Greenfield, MA. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography and Imaging and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Organizations

  • Photoville

    Photoville

    Photoville is a New York-based non-profit organization that works to promote a wider understanding and increased access to the art of photography and visual storytelling by producing a free annual festival, amplifying impactful narratives, and connecting artists to a wide global audience by activating accessible public spaces via large scale exhibitions.

    Proudly devoted to cultivating strategic partnerships and creative collaborations with community spirit, UPI approaches its mission of cultivating a wide, diverse audience for powerful photographic narratives by working closely with visual artists, city agencies, nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide to create new exhibition and public art opportunities that showcase thought-provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography. For more information about Photoville visit, www.photoville.com

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