Mary Beth Meehan

“SeenUnseen” Providence

“SeenUnseen: Providence” was first launched in 2015, with the goal of the banners being up in that city for one year. Community-wide response led to the images remaining in the cityscape for three years, and being replaced with new banners in 2018. Over the course of the project, “SeenUnseen” has challenged Providence residents to investigate their own preconceptions, to think about what seeing means, and to make inquiries into who is allowed to speak for whom.

In March of 2017, after the institution of the travel ban from Muslim countries, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza inaugurated “Bidur,” a portrait of the first woman to come to Rhode Island as a refugee of the war in Syria.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism.