Wednesday, June 3, 2009

art6 Junteenth Exhibit opens First Friday

Juneteenth: A Sankofa Celebration of African Freedom!

Opening Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 28, 2009

This exhibition features paintings, photography, mixed media, sculpture and furniture by international and local artists E-yage, Keith Ramsey, Earle Taylor, Stanley Rayfield, Devon Lawrence, Vreni Michelini, William Miles, Kyle Epps, Julian Green, Devin Fallen, Bolaji Oyrgunie, Helen Butler, Joe Williams, Gene Toutsi, Janine Turner and David Turner.

Artist's statement:
The Akan proverb states "Se wo were fi na wosan kofa a, yenkyi." The term Sankofa comes from the words "san" (return), "ko" (go), and "fa" (look, seek, and take.) The image of the mythological bird with its head bent looking backward has been interpreted and re-interpreted in several different ways. At times, it can symbolize the chief who can see all, even things behind him. It has also been used as a symbol for the Akan idea that the past can help to guide the future or the thought that, if a mistake has been made or something is forgotten, the wrong can be righted and that one can learn from experience.

Come downtown! Celebrate!

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