Graduate students from the UNC School of Social Work released an art installation titled “Hear Our Voices” which highlights the stories of marginalized North Carolinians.
The project, which was completed by all 17 members of professor Iris Carlton-LaNey’s class, contained video recordings and written statements and was imagined as a digital time capsule that captured the stories of people whose voices may sometimes go unheard.
First-year masters of social work student Lynn Wetherbee came up with the idea and led the project. She said Carlton-LaNey challenged her and other students to think of a final assignment that could make a significant impact on the world.
“I wanted it to be people just sort of reflecting on what it’s like to live at this place in North Carolina and the United States at this time,” she said.
Wetherbee said they interviewed many different people including Muslim-Americans, Latinx immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community. The subjects were given optional questions to answer, but were encouraged to tell their stories in a way they were comfortable with.