January/February 2016: 830 Nebraska

830 Nebraska
Stuart Chittenden
Curated by Alex Priest
January/February 2016

Stuart Chittenden is an expat Brit now living in Omaha who spent August traveling the side roads of the state in an RV to engage with Nebraskans. This project, a couple of 830 mile long conversations, sought those narratives that define and unite us. Stuart set up public conversation spaces in towns on the route and talked with residents about their lives, their cultures and their stories. The project celebrates our culture and how we each contribute to it, evoking a place and its people, connecting us to Nebraskans, their stories and their lives.

The exhibition is comprised of 20 8” x10” photographs of the people and places that represent the Nebraska voice encountered in this project. As part of the exhibition, QR codes/web links will be used with the image of a person, which will tie to associated audio derived from the conversations. Stuart will also present an artist lecture sharing what he discovered about Nebraska, its communities, and its people. The public will be engaged in a conversation about the project and invited to reflect about their communities, landscapes and stories. Visit 830Nebraska.com to learn more about the project.

Note: The project a couple of 830 mile long conversations is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and is sponsored by the Omaha Creative Institute.

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