|Cecil McDonald Jr., Spectate Space, 2013. Image via cecilmcdonaldjr.com.|
Light Work Annual 2014
Text | Tempestt Hazel
Domestic Observations and Occurrences is a glimpse into the everyday moments of a handful of scholars, curators, and artists who live and work in the Washington Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Cecil McDonald allows us to observe the beautifully mundane moments that usually go unseen. From his position as a native of Chicago’s south side, he is able to show a deep appreciation for commonalities in the human experience while also paying homage to a Black experience and a Chicago experience. He merges them which ultimately give a point of entry for anyone, whether you live on the south side of Chicago or not. He makes it easy for anyone to relate, even if the streets beyond the walls of the photographs are seen as foreign and forbidden territory to many people around the globe and even in other parts of Chicago.
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