May 20th 2022

This Way Home

@ Heaven Gallery

1550 N Milwaukee Ave, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622

Opening Friday, May 20th, from 7PM - 11PM

On view through Sunday, July 10th

On view: May 20th – July 10th

Opening Reception: 7–11 PM
Masks required at all times (except when actively drinking), hand sanitizer is given upon entry, proof of vaccination is required.

With artists: Alexandria Valentine, Billie Carter-Rankin

As Black women, the search for home is often fraught with difficulty. The communities we exist in consistently look past us. Rendering us invisible, in history and thus the future. This memory practice is an act of reclamation––an exploration, a salve made to reconfigure the people, memories, narratives, and artifacts left behind. Through the excavation and reassembly of memories, familial accounts, photos and historical documents, this work reinterprets the stories of the women of Valentine and Carter-Rankin’s lineage. These are the women who built homes within themselves.

In line with the Black Radical Tradition of preservation and collection, the artists archive the lives of their family hailing from Milwaukee, Chicago, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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