Curated by Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Kevin Demery, Andrea Coleman, Mark Allen Blanchard, Shanna Merola, Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Sadie Woods, Michael Curtis Asbil
Within the current social and political climate we’re found looking backward as a way to find answers for today's problems in America. “Oh, Maker” explores the work of 7 artists who through the act of re-appropriating materials are looking at that history of trauma on American Soil, the act of rebellion, as well the narrative of black women, and families. These artists are building on these conversations in their work. Using mix materials, visual language, and archives as a starting source to re-appropriate materials used to aid conversations about America today.
Based in Chicago, IL, I maintain a socially motivated practice concerned with visualizing systems of influence and sharing stories relevant in the United States, today. Through a primarily photographic approach I explore concepts related to contemporary American landscapes by photographing networks of petroleum pipelines, baseball stadiums, and sites of historic trauma in the U.S.. My practice privileges photography because of its demonstrated capacity to make central vantage points that are intentionally hidden and to make clear our current relationships with the earth, our legislative systems, and each other