Conceived by video artist Lincoln Schatz, Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic is a composite video portrait of more than fifty Chicagoans committed to ending gun violence.
Schatz created the work in conjunction with CeaseFire, an Illinois nonprofit dedicated to working with community and government partners to reduce violence. Traveling through the greater Chicago area, including the neighborhoods most ridden with violence, Schatz and his team captured statements from the CeaseFire network of violence interrupters, outreach workers, and community members. Schatz processed the footage through his custom software to create a non-editorialized composite portrait of the complex landscape of violence. Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic is intended to increase awareness, incite social action, and provide a platform for discussion.
Cure Violence: Portrait of an Epidemic grew out of a chance meeting between Lincoln Schatz and CeaseFire Illinois Executive Director Dr. Gary Slutkin at Pop!Tech in Camden, ME.
Support for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and CISCO IBSG.
Alexia and Gina are members of the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO) group on Teen Dating Violence. The group is a pilot project that brings awareness to violence in young adults’ intimate relationships.