Hegewisch and East Side have strong roots in rich intergenerational family histories. The farthest southern neighborhood in Chicago, George Washington High School is surrounded by the active industrial landscape of iron and steel. Using mobile phones, students will create unique books of photography with an emphasis in storytelling and personal response as visualization of their history, in their place, in this moment in time. The books will be collected by the Hegewisch Public Library for neighbors and visitors to “check out” as a permanent piece of history, as told by its residents. This project will continue to grow throughout the upcoming years, following each student through graduation.

Jaclyn Silverman is a photographer from Youngstown, Ohio, living in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA in Photography from The Ohio State University, and her MFA  from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Silverman was the recipient of the Fergus Family Endowment for the Arts and Denman Research Grant at The Ohio State University, and Artists Against Racism in Youngstown, Ohio, for her ongoing visual narrative, The Working Family. Her work is part of permanent collections at The Ohio State University, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection where she and R. Clarke-Davis, curated Within the Portfolios 1968-2016; a History of Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received commission by Theaster Gates for photographic installations published in conjunction with the exhibition, “A Johnson Publishing Story” at Stony Island Arts Bank. Her work has been exhibited in Colorado, Ohio, and Illinois. Silverman has held teaching positions at The Ohio State University and Dominican University. Presently, she is a returning faculty member with Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, and Part-Time Professor of Art and Humanities at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, Illinois.