KERRY JAMES MARSHALL

The Exhibition

 Experiencing Black Living Through the Visual Arts.

In the search for knowledge of self in the experiences of daily living, identification remain important for every individual. The deep sense and need to belong is wired into the psyche, psychological make-up, and our nature as human beings.

An individual without a nation to call their own, is like a person without a soul. In the daily scenarios of an individual living in an environment that is predominately white, the social realities, the cultural and creative faculties, force you to acknowledge the political circumstances of your situation.

On a deeper spiritual level, genetic memory guides the individual to storehouse or archives, leading to a place of origin. Historical facts, highlights the journey to the present, a moment in time that could answer the questions of being you.
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The Artist

Kerry James Marshall, born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955, he grew up in Los Angeles, where he graduated from Otis College of Art in 1978. A Chicago resident since the late 1980s, Marshall’s work has been exhibited internationally, he is also the recipient of many awards and public honours. Here a few words from an interview.

“My whole concept of what it meant to be an artist, was formed around the idea that you picked subjects that were historical and meaningful, so that people could derive meaning in their lives from the things they saw in paintings, that’s really how I began to understand what it meant to be an artist.”

“We rarely think about how deeply embedded in the culture, the notion of white supremacy is, and how everybody in relationship to it, is benefitted from the effects of this terror. It helped to legitimize lynching as a part of the natural order.”