We are living in a post industrial city, our communities are reeling from the effects of impersonification. We see stock quotes, we read articles, we see products, but we don’t see people- at least not “regular” people. Everything that is supposed to be important to us is without a face. People are portrayed as a number or a data point. As a city it is possible that we may have forgotten the very core of society in the first place: people. Without people, absolutely nothing, in society would make sense, nothing in a state would be possible, or nothing in the world would matter. Putting pictures of people around neighborhoods may produce the effect of social reflection. A reflection that will challenge people to question our current mood of apathy and the “stranger” state. It will reinvigorate that impulse that we all have had within us since infancy: empathy. The best way to conjure up that feeling is to see another human face. To look in their eyes and analyze their expressions. To realize that they are you, with a different set of experiences and memories and a different perspective that is just as valid to them as your experiences are to you. This revelation was and still is the lifeblood community. The realization that: We are one. All of Chicago is one!
Become a Group Leader by organizing an Inside Out Action in your community. Gather 50 or more participants that stand behind a message you are passionate about and paste your portraits in your community.