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Nine Years of Detangled Afro Hair: An Exhibition by Stephanie J. Woods
September 16 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, September 16th, 6pm
Thursday, September 16th, 7pm-8pm
Cowles Myles Collier East Gallery, Porter Fine Arts Building
The exhibition runs through October 26th
Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 1pm-5pm
Community Artist Lecture
Friday, September 17th, 12pm
Tubman Museum, Classroom 109
All events are free and open to the public.
My work fuses a relationship between fiber and digital technology to examine performative behavior and the cognitive effects of forced cultural assimilation. My research surveys the psychological impact of intergenerational trauma, the politicization of afro hair, and unravels the everyday coping devices and affirmations we establish to survive. In addition to fiber, I further explore these concepts by employing photography, video, sculpture, and community-engaged projects in my practice. My passion for interdisciplinary approaches and material language is evident through my cross-disciplinary collaborations, the implementation of symbolic materials and imagery that examines domestic spaces, and alternative realities that reference Black American culture and the American South.
– Stephanie J. Woods