Imagine Abundance: Visual Stories of the Bay Area is a public art installation reflecting on Bay Area life from a perspective of cultural, spiritual, or literal abundance. The exhibition will feature works by members of the Everyday Bay Area Photographers (EDBA) collective as well as a visual symphony created by EDBA Artist Angelica Egeke and submissions from the general public. The images will be projected at Frank Ogawa Plaza and followed by a community gathering and musical performance.

Why is it hard to imagine abundance?

Social documentary photographers seek to depict reality in the images they create, by exposing diverse experiences of life.  From photojournalists in crisis zones abroad, to citizens capturing incidents in their neighborhoods, visual storytelling today often plays an important role in documenting pain, so that it can’t slip away unnoticed.  Our world today is filled with images and in particular, filled with images of trauma.

For this exhibition of new work, we will focus not upon what is lacking or broken, but to depict all that is abundant in our Bay Area home.  From economics, to theology, to ecology, ‘abundance’ often sits in opposition to scarcity and can describe everything from a wealth of riches, a high density of beings or things, a cooperative economic system of plentitude, or a personal perspective of gratitude.  Imagine Abundance will explore expansive ideas of abundance to create a diverse and engaging set of visual stories and new insights on daily life in the Bay Area

Show us your Bay Area

What is abundant in your life?  Now is the time to show us. Send us your photographs or videos that capture anything, positive or negative, that is abundant to you. Submit your images or video to be considered for the Imagine Abundance exhibition by following the instructions here. The deadline for submission is September 9th, 11:59pm PST.

As part of the Imagine Abundance: Visual Stories of the Bay Area exhibition, EDBA artist Angelica Ekeke will create a short performative “visual symphony” inspired by the submissions of the community around the theme of “abundance.” The images and video submitted by the public will be the source material and inspiration for Angelica’s performance, a new creative medium she identifies as a “visual symphony,” which fuses live journalistic reporting, documentary film, and a live score.

The Abundance exhibition will premiere in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland on September 28th and will feature Ekeke’s visual symphony and visual stories by the following EDBA artists: Mark Murrmann, Rasta Dave, Jen Baxter, Alpana Aras-King, Pendarvis Harshaw, Courtney Stack, Emma Marie Chiang, Felix Uribe, Brenton Gieser, Collen Cummins, Pat Hogan, Taliesin Gilkes-Bower, and Rachel Bujalski.

About Angelica Ekeke:

This will be the third visual symphony that Angelica has created. An earlier work titled, The Removal, featured at the Reimagine Festival earlier this year centered around the death and life of Sahleem Tindle, a 28-year old African- American male killed by a West Oakland Bart police officer January 3rd of this year. The story gives voice to Sahleem’s grieving family, providing them a space to mourn their loss within the public sphere, a counternarrative to the far too common, dehumanized, “another statistic” public response which prevents any real space to process the loss as a family or a community.  Angelica’s creative vision is guided by the desire to bring to the foreground people who are living on the outskirts of their society including immigrants, minorities, refugees, the poor, and victims of violence. See more of Angelica’s work here.

The tools of our time make it possible for each one of us to be a social documentarian. Please share your images to be included in this powerful project.

Photos by Alpana Aras-King (left) and James Tensuan (right)

EDBA is a project of CatchLight, a Bay Area nonprofit that exists to accelerate the social impact of visual storytelling.  We partner with the following organizations to amplify the visibility of our work:  KQED Public Media, CALmatters, PhotoWings, Pro Arts Gallery Oakland, The Great Wall of Oakland, StreetFoto San Francisco, SF Camerawork, and San Francisco Bay Month of Photography festival.

This exhibition is made possible by The East Bay Community Foundation, PhotoWorks San Francisco, Pro Arts Gallery, our generous community supporters, the participating artists, and all the people who lent their likeness, their story, and their experience to these photographers’ respective works.