Danielle Michaelis

(Germany, 1969)



For her INSITE97 Community Engagement project, Danielle Michaelis developed a collaboration with thirty-two students from San Diego High School entitled Where I’m From: Voices from the 619/De donde yo vengo: voces desde el 619. Focusing on sense of place, Michaelis encouraged the students to keep a daily journal about their experiences, and photograph the city around them. Based on the material at hand the students created bus shelter posters that hung in various locations around San Diego. They focused on the students’ experiences considering social and personal identity. Michaelis also worked with the students to show their photographs and text in an exhibition at the ReinCarnation Project Community Gallery.

Project director: Tomoko Maruyama

Organizer: Museum of Photographic Arts

Venue: Children’s Museum/Museo de los Niños, San Diego Bus Shelter Locations: Balboa Avenue at Moraga Avenue NW, Black Mountain Road at Gold Coast Drive NW, Genesee Avenue at Governor Drive SW, Grand Avenue at Lamont Street NW, Grossmont Center Drive at Center Drive NE, La Jolla Village Drive at Regents Road NE, La Mesa Boulevard at University Avenue SE, Mira Mesa Boulevard at Black Mountain Road SE, Mission Boulevard at Sapphire Street NW, North Torrey Pines Road at Scripps Clinic SW, Navajo Road at Park Ridge Boulevard NW, Pacific Highway at Cedar Street NE.