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MESHWORK (placeholder title) is an immersive installation by artist/filmmaker Marisa Morán Jahn and architect Rafi Segal that uses light projections, hybrid and documentary footage, and architectural installation to explore the urban intimacies and quotidian fabric of Johnston Square, a neighborhood in central Baltimore. Upon entering the installation, the visitor encounters layers of mesmerizing light projections and moving images, some cast onto surfaces, projecting through, or glowing. As they move forward, vignettes of documentary footage and audio combined with experimental footage unfolds powerful stories of a few individuals whose safety and/or liberties rely on layers of privacy to hide or reveal what’s seen from the street.

MESHWORK draws inspiration from a Baltimorean vernacular tradition developed in 1912 and still seen today: seeking both privacy and desiring to keep an eye on the activity in the streets, residents would paint their window screens with portraits of loved ones, religious imagery, landscapes, and other images. The mesh — a surface of self-presentation — thus enables individuals to negotiate their privacy in relationship to what’s taking place outside. Through a gorgeous aesthetic experience and moving and, at times, humorous stories, MESHWORK transports its viewers to understand the innermost aspirations, liberties, and fears of others — and ultimately their own.

  • Marisa Morán Jahn
    CareForce One Travelogues
  • Marisa Morán Jahn
    Lead Artists
    CareForce One Travelogues
  • Rafi Segal
    Lead Artists
  • Rachael Harris
    Key Collaborators
  • Project Type:
    Installation, Other
  • Genres:
    Immersive Film, Architecture, Light Projection, Documentary, Experimental, Art
  • Runtime:
    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    25,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
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Director Biography - Marisa Morán Jahn

An artist and transmedia filmmaker of Ecuadorian and Chinese descent, Marisa Morán Jahn’s works redistribute power, “exemplifying the possibilities of art as social practice” (ArtForum). Codesigned with immigrants and working families, Jahn's key projects include Bibliobandido (a story-eating bandit), Video Slink Uganda (experimental films slipped or “slinked” into bootleg cinemas), Contratados (a Yelp! for migrant workers), and CareForce, a project that amplifies the voices of America’s fastest growing workforce, caregivers, through two mobile studios (NannyVan, CareForce One), an app for domestic workers named by CNN as “one of 5 apps to change the world,” and a PBS/ITVS film series. With architect Rafi Segal and developer Ernst Valery, Jahn is co-founding Carehaus, the U.S.’ first care-based co-housing building whose first site opens in Baltimore in 2023. Jahn’s works have been presented at Obama’s White House, The United Nations, Museum of Modern Art, Tribeca Film Festival, The New Museum, Art Brussels, Creative Time Summit, and a collaborating artist with Rafi Segal and Sarah Williams at the 17th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, BBC, Hyperallergic, and more. She is an Associate Director of the Interdisciplinary Design program at The New School. She has also taught at Columbia University, and across departments at her alma mater, MIT, where she is a Visiting Artist. Jahn is a 2021-2022 Sundance Institute Interdisciplinary Program Fellow.

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Director Statement

As the daughter of an Ecuadorian mother and Chinese father, I explore how art, film, and stories can articulate the nuances of historically marginalized communities and build solidarity. MESHWORK will move its viewers and listeners through a genre-defying aesthetic experience and powerful stories, inviting us to build understanding with its protagonists and within ourselves.