THE COMMUNITY ARCHIVAL PROJECT
DOCUMENTING & ARCHIVING
In 2015, Renata Cherlise founded the Blvck Vrchives collaborative platform, which has allowed Cherlise the ability to create work and unearth photographs buried in the archives of major publications and institutions. Over the last few years, Cherlise was been hired by several clients, including Ms. Lauryn Hill, to source and license content for short documentaries, television series, live performances, and tours.
During this research, it became evident that the process by which archivists and artists documented and preserved the images of Black communities could be revamped through a collaborative model that would offer both, the original content creator, as well as the community that the work represents, a form of residual benefits through a rights-managed (RM) archive for purposes of research, editorial, commercial, and non-commercial usage.
This is phase I - building the archive.