David Michalek, Franklin Furnace Fundwinner 2002, presents "14 Stations" at West Park Church, NYC through April 30, 2002.

This project entitled 14 Stations, has been done in collaboration with members of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (IAHH), a non-profit organization located at St. John the Divine. It features a non-traditional rendition of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. Each Station was enacted by members of the group and then photographed. We tried to avoid direct correlations with high genre representations of the Stations opting instead for scenes of "everyday life", or more specifically, scenes that might suggest the homeless experience. The images will be exhibited on backlit displays using a small amount of light.

The IAHH is a body of formerly homeless New Yorkers who have developed personal stories of how they became homeless and recovered their independent lives. The group seeks creative ways of finding their voices and presenting these stories to the public in a variety of settings. This exhibition will coincide with several Speakers Bureau evenings where project participants will share their stories.

The project was originally designed to be exhibited at St. John the Divine. The recent fire has made this prohibitive. West-Park Church has generously offered to host the exhibition. West-Park is an inclusive, diverse-faith community situated at the crossroads of tradition and innovation, belief and exploration, action and reflection. The exhibition will be tied into their ongoing series of symposiums entitled: Ethics, Aesthetics, Beauty and Justice.

14 Stations has been made possible, in part, by funds from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, supported by the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

14 Stations
West-Park Church
(located at the corner of West 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan)
continues through April 30th 2002.
Viewing Hours: M-F Noon-7:00PM
Sat 11:00--5:30PM
Sun 2:30--5:30PM
telephone: 212-362-4890