OHMA EXHIBITS: a collection of interactive oral history encounters

Intergenerational Dis/connections (2023)

By Ambar Johnson

Stories from previous generations tether families to identity, place, and belonging. However, with distance growing and road trips dwindling, how do families stay together when our elders are gone? This project uses I-95 to explore intergenerational relationship loss between family, land, and legacy while making sense of present and future generations’ own personal journeys of dis/connection from those anchors. 

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This exhibit included a live event:

When was the last time you drove down South or spent time down there? How do you stay in touch when time is right out of reach? Paying homage to family roots and road trips, this exhibit is for folks who spent their summers sitting in backseats and looking out windows. Through oral histories, this mobile exhibit (which took place in a parked automobile) aimed to retrace the travels of generations past and present to kick up memories and family history for future generations that may have settled in the dust.

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