InterGeneration is a series of conversations and a joint creation that will occur in 2020 between teens and their elders that enlivens memory and hope through audio recordings and hand-made, stop-motion animation. The project will bring these two generations together through storytelling, attentive listening, and a collaborative creation. The word “generation” refers to different age groups, but it also refers to art making, production, invention. Through animating stories of the past and expectations for the future, InterGeneration will initiate creative ways of seeing our current moment.

About the Artist

Multimedia artist and filmmaker, Carolyn Shadid Lewis, records oral histories with individuals who have a personal and political story to tell. Her interdisciplinary approach to documentary storytelling often incorporates stop-motion animation, surround sound and installation. Lewis’ art gains inspiration from her family’s military history, from her Irish and Lebanese ancestry, and from her experiences of growing up and working on military bases.

Seams, Lewis’ current film-in-progress, is an installation, a personal essay film and an animated oral history of women from Ireland and Northern Ireland who worked in Britain during the Second World War as factory workers, medical professionals, and soldiers in the British Forces. Currently part of the Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program, the film has won the support of the Irish Arts Council (2013), the Cork County Council (2013), and Mass Humanities (2014).

Lewis exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including venues such as the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Ireland, The Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA, and The National Military Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, KS. Her debut film, From Twilight til Dawn, won the award for best documentary at the 2015 Glovebox Short Film and Animation Festival in Boston, MA. Her awards also include a St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award (2012), a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Film/Video (2011), and a Puffin Foundation Artist Award (2010). Lewis holds a B.A. in piano performance and visual art from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. She also received an M.F.A. from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a working artist and teacher who has taught digital media, video production, and animation courses in the Visual Communications Department of Endicott College, in the Communication Arts Department of Gordon College, and in the Studio Foundation Department of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and with their 3-year-old daughter.