What’s this about?

6 Words Minneapolis is public art project that asked, from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Minneapolis residents of all ages, neighborhoods, and languages to tell their life stories–or something essential about who they are right now–in 6-word memoir form. Some memoirs were submitted electronically, some through the mail, and others directly onto posters placed around the city in bars, cafes, and community centers.

All 6 Words Minneapolis memoirs are displayed digitally on Flickr, where they’re tagged by neighborhood and age of memoirist by decade (youngest participant? 4 years old. Oldest? 99 years old). Selections were displayed on portable murals around the city in late 2011 and early-mid 2012 (at Midtown Global Market, the Shoebox Gallery, and in the first round of Artists in Storefronts).

To get a quick idea of the cumulative power of the memoirs submitted to 6 Words Minneapolis, please check out these 1-minute video compilations of selections from the project and the below slide deck. —Emily Lloyd

6 Words Minneapolis: a participatory public art project from Emily Lloyd


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