Collected Memory

 

 

“One of the most common features of contemporary art is the relationship between artists and their memories or nostalgia. This relationship is never quite as complex as it is with artists who make or have made work in the American South, whether it be due to an artist’s race, family history or economic background. This relationship between personal memory and artwork can be manifested in a variety of ways, be it through the forced disconnect from memory that occurs due to trauma, or through the refusal to accept popular romantic portrayals of regional nostalgia. These relationships can be embodied first hand by the artist, or discovered through decades of inherited familial internalization. For artists, the South can simultaneously be a source of inspiration, repression, nostalgia and repulsion. This investigation becomes even more interesting when viewed through the scope of a personal collection like the one expertly assembled by Paul R. Jones. Whether it be through Fahamu Pecou’s dramatic portrayals of the complexities of black masculinity or through Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s poignant depictions of his environment, this exhibition attempts to offer an insight into the unique vision Southern artists bring to depictions of their relationship with their own complex region.” –Aaron Head, guest curator

 

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