Remembering for those to come | Zansèt yo di nou pwotege, pa bliye ak evolye
This installation uses the structural, linear design of metal work found throughout the African Diaspora as a reference in the creation of a wider narrative around memory, language and envisioning. Embedded in these patterns are narratives found within various mediums, such as textile and architectural forms, that the artist has had experience producing through apprenticeships and residencies. The significance of the color palette in connecting the multiple meanings behind blue and brown tones within the diaspora as it relates to spirituality, creation and humanity are woven throughout. The works on paper reference various open landscapes, both urban and rural, within the framework of a structured design questioning how we are able to observe our everyday built environments through another lens, one of design and conscious arrangement. How is language used to build architectural frameworks in a way that honors our lineage while contextualizing our experiences to speak to those who will come after us?
–Alexandra Antoine, February 2020
Alexandra Antoine is a multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL who holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with Free Write Arts & Literacy as a teaching artist and has taught art through various institutions throughout the city. Her work has been exhibited at Rootwork Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, Roots & Culture, Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago Art Department and Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, IL. Her work is also part of the Arts in Embassies program at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is the recipient of the inaugural SPARK Micro grant from Chicago Artist Coalition and a DCASE grant. She has completed residencies at ACRE (Steuben, WI), Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI) and Urban Growers Collective (Chicago, IL).
Exhibition opens February 8 and continues through March 7, 2020.