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Snapping Back: Exploring Addiction in the Tenderloin Through Photography

Join Snapping Back, a photography project at Tenderloin Health Services, for the opening of their  first gallery show, “Exposure: Photographic Tales from the Tenderloin” September 1st 2016, from 6-9 pm at the Tenderloin Museum.

The opening will feature the public storytelling project Temporal Cities, where participants are invited to share stories about addiction and recovery in the neighborhood.

Participating artists in various stages of substance abuse and recovery were given black and white film cameras and encouraged to explore a number of themes over three months of shooting. Their work will be on display in the Tenderloin Museum Store for the month of September; don’t miss your chance to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments at the opening Sept 1st.

Artists: Kevin Fortman, Reggie Davis, Rose Peele, Laura Hayes, Yolanda Morrissette. Curated by Shannon Heuklom and Andy Desruisseau.

About Tenderloin Health Services:

Tenderloin Health Services provides quality, compassionate integrated healthcare onsite in San Francisco, placing our patients at the center of care to address total health and wellness using an integrated service model. A program of HealthRIGHT 360 (HR360), Tenderloin Health Services supplements GLIDE’s tradition of providing affordable, accessible and quality healthcare, offering a full range of traditional health care services, as well as mental health, substance abuse, non-Western medicine and specific programs focusing on testing, prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and diabetes. Formerly GLIDE Health Services Clinic, on April 1st, 2015 HealthRIGHT 360 acquired the clinic in a commitment to provide ever-higher quality, professional, and compassionate care to the city’s poorest residents. HR360 is committed to maintaining a continuity of care and familiarity for clinic patients. The collaboration with HR360 allows the community that uses GLIDE’s wrap-around services continued access to quality health care.


Temporal Cities will be stationed outside the Museum during the event, collecting stories related to the experience of recovery in the Tenderloin. Temporal Cities is a public art project that examines the experience of living in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, through the stories of its residents. The piece combines analog slide projection and interactive storytelling; a projected image mounted on the street attracts passersby to the installation, where they are encouraged to share a personal story that took place nearby. In collecting and archiving these stories, artists Lizzy Brooks and Radka Pulliam are building a nuanced map that explores the changing nature of the city and our collective ideas of permanence.