For the underrepresented, the absence of stories with which they can identify has tremendous impacts, effecting mental health, economic well-being, social participation, and self- ideation. We learn through stories. Thus, what we learn, particularly about ourselves and others, is a product of the stories we share. Our emotional framework is largely a result of the stories that surround us and filter our perceptions and experiences.
The Flower Project supports a digital environment where we map stories, testimony, and community in ways that elevate, preserve, and contextualize acts of bravery and imagination that may otherwise be unknown or lost.
We work with others to help carve out and animate novel spaces, facilitate the development of digital, physical and creative communities, and employ story, in all its dimensions, to support individuals and organizations as they work to alleviate alienation and suffering.
The Flower Project furthers individual stories, testimony, and community initiatives through physical, conceptual and thematic mapping. By means of this website we help put stories into the landscape, put stories into context, and put stories in dialogue with one another. The hope is that by giving these stories a home and helping them do their work, we are intensifying their effects and cultivating narrative cultures that may otherwise be unknown or lost.
Conceived by Sean Eve in Florence, Italy, in 2012 in response to increased attacks directed at the LGBTQ+ community, The Flower Project was intended to signal the resilience of a queer presence in the landscape. Eve created and placed plaster flower plagues throughout Florence to brighten specific corners of the city cast into shadow by acts of violence.
In their current form as magnets, the flowers provide an opportunity for communities, individuals, their friends, family and allies to honor the many ways queerness enriches our world. Offering a means to share stories, testimony, and community through the associated website and virtual maps, the physical placement of the flowers themselves provides a way to map the richness and diversity of queer lives across the global landscape in real time.
The project has also evolved to include conceptual and thematic maps that amplify stories and experiences from particular communities.