Trans.lation is an arts and cultural platform in the refugee neighborhood of Vickery Meadow that supports international culture and local economies. Carol Zou, the director of Trans.lation, answered a few questions about how the platform got started and their new project by artist, Rooha Haghar, entitled Humans of Vickery Meadow.
Q: What is Trans.lation Vickery Meadow and how did you get involved?
A: Trans.lation Vickery Meadow is a socially engaged art project that utilizes arts and culture as a form of neighborhood organizing and community development. It was established by Project Row Houses‘ Rick Lowe through a commission by the Nasher Sculpture Center. I worked on the project as a field internship for my graduate program, MFA in Public Practice at Otis College of Art and Design. In 2015, I was offered the opportunity to relocate to Dallas and work on Trans.lation as my primary artist project.
Q: How did you connect with Rooha Haghar and where did the idea for Humans of Vickery Meadows come from?
A: Rooha and I first collaborated on our public art mural #EducationIsNotACrime about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran (Rooha is Baha’i). Through getting to know Rooha, I noticed she had an interest in photography and encouraged her to explore her photographic interests. Rooha was inspired by Humans of New York to create the series of Humans of Vickery Meadow. She wanted to tell the story of her friends and her neighbors in this unique neighborhood.
Q: Where can people go to view Humans of Vickery Meadow?
A: Humans of Vickery Meadow is posted on our Facebook page, as well as on Instagram. Additionally, a selection of the profiles is on exhibition to travelers at Dallas Love Field Airport through June and early July.
University of Houston College of the Arts – Project Row Houses Fellow