Wayne State Film and Photo Event to Highlight Work of Young Detroiters

Catch ‘They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds: Detroit Tales of Resilience’ this weekend
“Girl” by Brianna Bryant is among the photo works presented in They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds: Detroit Tales of Resilience. // Image courtesy of Wayne State University

Wayne State University College of Education presents They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds: Detroit Tales of Resilience this weekend. Aiming to spotlight ordinary people who do extraordinary things, the photo and film exhibition was created by Detroit “changemakers” between the ages of 18 and 24.

According to a press release, the participants documented experiences of a range of people in the city to highlight Detroit’s resourcefulness. Using the art of photography and film, They Didn’t Know We Were Seed tells stories of urban farming and food security, immigrant entrepreneurs, trauma and resilience, pride and shame, navigating Detroit as insiders and outsiders, and how race, class, gender, and sexuality interact.

Artwork by Kezia Saine will also be on display. // Image courtesy of Wayne State University

“…Their stories reveal there’s more to this city than meets the eye,” says Roland Sintos Coloma, project director and professor of teacher education at Wayne State, in the release. “They disrupt stereotypes of urban areas by showcasing individuals and communities that make it vibrant and thrive. They inspire us to see Detroit differently and to see the people in Detroit differently.”

Locals can catch the exhibition during two events on Oct. 23 at Wayne State’s David Adamany Undergraduate Library at 5155 Gullen Mall. Each event will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The events — which locals can snag tickets to online— are free and open to the public. However, seating is limited. Wane State has a vaccine and mask mandate, and all visitors must complete a Guest Campus Screener.

To reserve your spot, visit eventbrite.com.