Part two: What I will do
Writing the Story
I will transcribe your story and become your second witness. The recording, whether audio or written, is the first and the act of recording validates whatever it is you say. When you record or write, consciously think about this as you go through the process.
If you choose to do an audio recording, I will be transcribing – writing the story for you. Your name is not important unless you choose it to be, but your story is. I feel that there is healing in this process and there will be a healing and compassion in the process of my transcribing. There is healing in telling the story and healing in writing the story. When I do any transcribing, I always say a little prayer for each person regardless of what was done or received.
So how will the show look?
The show itself would look like this. Part one would be the visual: Everyone’s story, printed out, papers, 8 1/2 x 11 would cover the walls of the art gallery, all through the art gallery, everywhere. You wouldn’t be able to get away from it. All of your stories. All double spaced stories. Part two would be the recorded audio: Stories would be told on continuous loop, all stories one after the other, different people talking, in various places throughout the gallery. Part three would be recordable audio: There would be places for people to record their own stories if they have not already or to add if they already have. Part four would be tactile: there would be a place for them to write their own stories. Part five, and the most important: the people who come in to the gallery become the witnesses, the validations of all these stories. That validation creates connection, understanding, empathy and compassion. There might be a part six, which would be people in the gallery telling their stories in person.
I believe that there are many in the community who share the same experiences. Maybe in others seeing and hearing what is said, there will be healing in them too.
This is all anonymous. No identification. You would need to give permission to have your stories used in a public setting, but this would be implied by the very fact of submitting it. I am thinking that a book could also come out of this, because there is something empowering by seeing your words in print. This I can tell you for sure.
It’s about healing, partnerships and compassion. We can do this together. I believe it is the only way.