IN RESIDENCE: JULY 12 - AUGUST 24, 2024

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

UNBOUND is an immersive art experience that encourages attendees to examine the ways in which they have accepted limiting beliefs and dares them to explore the infinite possibilities of who they can become and the many things they can achieve when they embody a life of complete freedom. 

UNBOUND encourages attendees to see art and BE art. In addition to being an observer of fine art photography, films, and multidisciplinary performances that explore the ways in which we can shatter stereotypes and free ourselves to achieve beyond what others believe possible, the UNBOUND audience will have multiple opportunities to actively participate in the work by becoming the subject of themed portraits (still and moving) that will be created & displayed in the residency space. In addition they may also take part in multiple community art pieces that invite them to pick up an art tool and lend their hand, voice and perspective to a larger, collaborative work. Open Mic/Open Stage activations encourage attendees to be more than an observer, but to embrace the role of performer and display the ways in which they are unbound. 

Attendees of UNBOUND will be challenged to embrace the spirit of the project in multiple areas of their lives both during and beyond the residency through talks and workshops from practitioners in a variety of fields including culture & community, health & wellness, and career & education.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

KEDA SHARBER

Keda Sharber (she/her) is a Houston-based storyteller who uses film, photo, and written/spoken word to investigate and reveal the beautifully complex truths of her community. Since 2009 she has produced a variety of content including documentaries, web series, short films, fine art photography and written pieces that all share the same goal of shattering stereotypes and rewriting the narrative of Black people. A self-taught artist, Keda has held a solo fine art photography exhibit, had her images published in calendars and magazines and been awarded grants for her documentary film work.

ABOUT THE RESIDENCY PROGRAM:

Powered by Fresh Arts, the Space Taking Artist Residency is an opportunity for traditionally underrepresented local artists to experiment and “takeover” a public space in new and innovative ways. For 2024, two projects were provided a space for eight weeks, marketing & project support, and a stipend to see their ideas. 

PROGRAM SPONSORS:

The Space Taking Artist Residency is funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and Brown Foundation.