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Closing Reception! Lost Love: A Journey of Resilience

May 18, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FLYPAPER Gallery, Chicago, IL
Event Summary

Lost Love: A Journey of Resilience

A Widows Storytelling Exhibit

The exhibition focuses on the narratives of black women who have lost their spouses, many before the age of 40. Through photography and interviews, it showcases the unique love stories of these women, the events leading to their widowhood, and their life paths since that pivotal moment. 

The aim is to immerse visitors in a sensory-rich experience, delving into themes of resilience, grief, new beginnings, strength, and perseverance. Attendees will listen to the women's stories, contemplate their own encounters with grief, and ponder resilience as a remarkable quality. 

This exhibit aims to shed light on the journey of widows, highlighting the complexities of widowhood. Young black widows worldwide hold the memories of their loved ones and their own stories. Their victories, endurance, resilience, and strength deserve to be shared. 


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Event Details


Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join Elle Davis, curator and 10-year widow for the Chicago debut of Love Lost: A Journey of Resilience. Ten years ago on April 16, 2014, Elle unexpectedly lost her husband Paul Davis. This year, she flipped the date on it's head with the opening reception of Lost Love. What was once a day remembered for grief and loss was reimagined to a day of triumph and testimony. Elle and six other widows are featured in this jaw-dropping exhibit, sharing with the world how they navigated life after loss. You want to visit to feel the power of their words and witness their resilience in motion. This exhibit is for everyone, so bring the whole family out to learn about the experiences of a few young, black widows. The exhibit is a mixed-media depiction.

*To learn more about Elle Davis, visit:

About the venue: FLYPAPER Gallery is owned by award winning photographer, Clifton Henri, and is is a space that celebrates Works-on-Paper that delve into the depths of human experience both in visual and literary forms.

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Activations & Viewing Hours

April, 25, 2024 - Grief Support Group
May 2, 2024 - Journal your Grief
May 9, 2024 - Floral Design

*Activations occur from 6:00-7:00 PM and viewing hours will be from 7:00 - 9:00 PM


We have sponsorship opportunities available! Please click here to view the sponsorship deck. You can support monetarily or through in-kind goods or services. Please contact us at [email protected] to finalize your sponsorship level.

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General Terms

By registering for and/or attending Lost Love: A Journey of Resilience (the "Event"), you agree to abide by the following terms and conditions:

1. Registration: 1.1 Registration for the Event is required and may be subject to availability. 1.2 Registrants must provide accurate and complete information during the registration process. 1.3 Registrants are responsible for ensuring that all information provided is up to date and accurate.

2. Attendance: 2.1 Attendance at the Event is subject to capacity limitations and may be restricted based on availability. 2.2 The organizers reserve the right to refuse entry or remove attendees from the Event for any reason, including but not limited to disruptive behavior or violation of Event policies.

3. Code of Conduct: 3.1 All attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner. 3.2 Harassment, discrimination, or any form of inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the Event. 3.3 Attendees are encouraged to report any incidents of misconduct to Event staff or organizers.

4. Photography and Recording: 4.1 Photography, audio recording, and video recording may be conducted during the Event by the organizers or authorized parties. 4.2 By attending the Event, attendees consent to the use of their likeness in promotional materials for the Event and related activities.

5. Liability: 5.1 Attendees participate in the Event at their own risk. 5.2 The organizers and venue owners shall not be liable for any loss, injury, or damage to persons or property occurring during the Event. 5.3 Attendees are responsible for their personal belongings and are advised to take appropriate precautions to safeguard their belongings.

6. Changes and Cancellations: 6.1 The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the Event program, schedule, or venue at any time without prior notice. 6.2 In the event of cancellation or postponement of the Event, the organizers will make reasonable efforts to notify registered attendees and provide refunds for any ancillary costs incurred.

By registering for and/or attending the Event, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Refund Policy

This event is provided to attendees at no cost. As such, there are no ticket fees or charges associated with attendance.

When & Where
May 18, 2024 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM CDT
10552 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
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