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Pittsburgh-based filmmaker to present video installation, co-facilitate community discussion on the 2nd anniversary of white supremacist attack

To commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the white supremacist attack during a protest in Charlottesville, documentary filmmaker Chris Ivey will present segments of We Are Here: Finding Beauty in the Raw, a video installation, August 9-10 at McGuffey Art Center, 201 2nd Street Northwest, Charlottesville, VA, 22902, Studio 11.  The installation will be on view Friday from 4pm to 9pm, and Saturday from 10am to 9pm.

Ivey will also co-facilitate a community discussion with Susan Bro, President / Board Chair of the Heather Heyer Foundation at Vault Virginia, 300 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902 on Aug. 23 at 6 pm, discussion starting at 7 pm. 

On August 12, 2017, Bro’s daughter, Heather Heyer, lost her life when a car plowed into a crowd of counter-demonstrators who were protesting a rally of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists at the Downtown Mall.

Wednesday Alva, an activist featured in the We Are Here installation who was a victim in the Charlottesville attack, will also participate in the Aug. 23 discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

“I encourage all city residents to visit the installation and join us for the discussion to share issues and concerns as we reflect on the impact of this tragedy, two years later,” Ivey said.

We Are Here opened at the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh in May 2018. The installation was conceived as part of Art Up's Civil Rights, Civil Wrongs series, which tackles issues involving civil rights in both the United States and South Africa. We Are Here is a four-channel video installation that addresses racism and spirituality through personal narratives from various interviewees in Cape Town; Johannesburg; Charlottesville, W. Va.; New Orleans; London; and Pittsburgh. We Are Here is an immersive experience designed to situate audiences in the middle of visual storytelling. 

Portions of the video installation to be screened in Charlottesville will focus on the resurgence and impact of hate in the US, as evidenced in Charlottesville and the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh. 

The discussion at Vault Virginia will be filmed and used for educational purposes by the Heather Heyer Foundation and Ivey’s company, HYPERBOY Films & Media. The goal of Ivey’s work, including the gentrification documentary series East of Liberty, is to support the healing process within communities in trauma.

Other narratives that maybe include in the Charlottesville viewing:

  • Cultural histories of Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans and Twede Newe Jaar celebrations in Cape Town, South Africa;

  • A young black woman discussing the silence around the death of young black women, including friends and colleagues, in Pittsburgh over a 3-year span; and

  • A portrait of 17-year-old Antwon Rose whose murder by a police officer in Pittsburgh made national headlines.

Two video clips from the installation can be previewed here:

Stills from the installation can be viewed here:

Additional information:

For more information on the Heather Heyer Foundation visit: 

More work from Chris Ivey can be seen at and