Artist Statement

I am an artist first, then filmmaker, but all of my life I have been a minority and have experienced life like many other minorities. I strive to give the audience a view of life and how events could affect them – even when they are not directly affected.

My documentary series East of Liberty focuses on race, class and gentrification fears. The series is a historical document and the only interactive documentation project in recent Pittsburgh history. My long-term goal is to have the films available in schools, libraries and archives in order to make future generations aware of the issues inherent to urban renewal.

“Everyone needs to have their voice heard. You’re not going to agree with everybody, but everybody has to be heard for the dialogue to start.”

Chris Ivey is one of the exhibiting artists for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.