The places we live are always changing. Some changes are more obvious than others. This project is an invitation to take a walk, to be outside again, in new ways. Saint Paul has thick histories of change, some traumatic, some joyful, some visible, some unseen. Do you sense these pasts as you live and move around the city? What kinds of things have you felt or heard in this place? As a chance to slow down in our everyday lives, Rondo neighbors will be mailed a map as an invitation to wander their neighborhoods – to sense the past, present, and future, around them. The maps contain directional prompts that guide participants to move through and re-examine the places they inhabit.
Corinne Teed comes to the project with a history in printmaking, book arts, participatory projects and community organizing. Teed’s work engages diverse community voices around issues of ecology, queerness, indigenous history, and settler colonialism whether in video projects or print-based work.
Tia-Simone Gardner is a black-feminist scholar interested in geography, photography, drawing and time-based media. She is committed to telling stories about places and their pasts through her work. Gardner grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and has drawn Black Geographies to understand on the settler and extractive history of this place to understand race as a project of spatial control. She continues this work with her students in Saint Paul.
Ama Kyereme, Research Assistant, Macalester College
Catherine Squires and Greg Donofrio, Walking Partners
This project includes text in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.