Groana Melendez | Catcall Stories

Country of origin: United States
Project location: United States
Program: Magnum Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2018

This project captures the aural and visual experiences of youth navigating daily sexual objectification in New York City. The project sheds light on the way young people are catcalled, perceived as objects, and publicly addressed by strangers on a daily basis. It’s a collaborative project that combines ambient sound recordings with interviews and reenactments of the experiences of teens. The final piece is an audio walk that’s experienced with headphones during a commute. The audio prompts the audience to look at physical photographs while they listen to the stories of teens and walk through a physical space. The piece is both performative and meditative. Overall, the project plays back onto ourselves, the messages we as a culture give youth.