Staying Power is a collaborative, multidisciplinary art and research project that celebrates the people’s history of New York City public housing. The project offers counter-narratives to the stereotypes surrounding the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) through the lens of residents raised and living in NYCHA. Through her work with the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP), artist Ariana Faye Allensworth was inspired to combat the dominant narrative of “the failed public housing system” that policymakers and developers are exploiting to dismantle and privatize the program.
As a Create Change Artist-in-Residence, Ariana collaborated with residents, documenting how they create, care for, and build their own archives, allowing their stories to be reclaimed and shared. Staying Power explores how photography, ephemeral and personal collections of objects, and interviews with residents can be effective tools in re-telling the public housing story.