October 21 – 23

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Racist representations of African-Americans appear in knick-knacks, cards, and cartoons. Who are the keepers of these objects and what power do they hold? Chico Colvard’s investigation starts in China, where foggy landscapes obscure the small factories where workers like Jian cast and paint reproduction vintage banks with faces from minstrel shows. At flea markets, Joy sells KKK flags with iron sambos and lynching postcards. Alexandria Smith makes art haunted by these noxious images, interrogating a legacy in work that she deems uncomfortable but necessary. Colvard’s subversive approach doesn’t stop with these objects. His subjects’ true motives move in and out of the shadows, echoing a country whose insidious past hides in plain sight. -KM

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Preceded by the short film “Like Dolls, I’ll Rise” (28 mins.)

 

Community Partner: Pelican Bomb