San Francisco Public Library

Tender Souls

9/15/18 - 1/13/2019

Main Library

Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area - 6th Floor

100 Larkin St.

Tender Souls is an exploration of the humanity of one of San Francisco's most misunderstood and often ignored neighborhoods, the Tenderloin. Riddled with severe homelessness, mental illness, drugs, violence, and prostitution, the Tenderloin is often characterized as a major blemish on one of the world’s most attractive cities. However, beneath the surface rests a soul unlike any other community in San Francisco. Created by photographers Brenton Gieser and Felix Uribe, the Tender Souls Project aims to create a bridge to Market Street and the Tenderloin neighborhood through still photographs and audiovisuals so that people can begin to understand an integral part of San Francisco they don't usually see or visit. This exhibit highlights the lives of multiple community members through series of photographs and transcriptions from the Tender Souls Project. These photographs reflect the vibrancy, determination, and soul of the Tenderloin community as well as tell stories of extreme suffering, unspeakable tragedy, triumph and redemption, and unconditional love. This exhibition, and the Tender Souls Project as a whole, hopes to provide a platform from which the Tenderloin community can narrate their own story.

Banner image by Felix Uribe.

Opening Event: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 pm, Koret Auditorium, Main Library.

Upcoming Events

ESL Group
Friday, December 13, 2019, 9:00 am
Visitacion Valley, Visitacion Valley Meeting Room
Veterans Resource Center Drop-In
Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 pm
Main Library, Golden Gate Rm - 5th Fl
Math: Drop-in Help for Adults
Friday, December 13, 2019, 12:00 pm
Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Ctr.

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Technology: Greetings!
Friday, December 13, 2019, 2:00 pm
Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Ctr.
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Friday, December 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
Parkside, Parkside Teen's Area
Genealogy Research Lab
Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:00 am
North Beach, North Beach General Floor Area

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Through Sunday, December 15, 2019
Main Library, Skylight Gallery Exhibit Area
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Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center
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Through Thursday, December 19, 2019
Main Library, Government Information Center

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