Visas allow for passage between borders, geographical and spatial, artificial and natural. While these lines may be crossed, the barriers of culture, identity, and otherness accompany us in our travels, meet us where we land. Seed Lynn has used story and story-making workshops to enter new communities as a listener and witness, less concerned with solving our mysteries than making them. But, how is that received in lands unknown? When the hosts are not expecting you? Are stories passports?
Travelin’ Mercies shares Lynn’s own tales of dragon passage, marking myths he’s had to face to be both black and free. Behind each image is a story, and each story a mercy, granting Lynn new authority over his myth. ‘Mercies’ is as personal as it is openly spiritual, chronicling a path to self-permissioning, the many entrances and exits to and from safety, and the gifts that come when travel within meets travel without. Unreal images, prose, and poetic prompts present viewers with maps to enduring treasure, proposing for some, travel as a means to being and becoming recognizably human.
Travelin’ Mercies is presented by The Silver Room as a program of the Terrain Biennial. Curated by Sadie Woods. You are cordially invited to the opening reception of Travelin’ Mercies on Friday, October 11, 2019 at The Silver Room Hyde Park, 1506 East 53rd Street, Chicago, IL 60615, from 6:00-9:00pm featuring a special DJ set by Duane Powell. Exhibition runs through January 5, 2020.