SANKOFA: Reflections on Cultural Heritage and Shared Humanity
at WheatonArts, The Gallery of Fine Craft
July 8 through August 14, 2016
“Sankofa” is a word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it”. The Sankofa represents the importance of learning from the past.
The exhibition explores the legacy of past in visions of present and future through the lens of diverse yet central and unifying elements of cultural values and aesthetics that continue to inform and influence life and art. Featured artists employ a range of contemporary and experimental practices through a variety of disciplines – paintings, sculpture and mix-media works -to add their voices to the Caribbean story and to provide deep experiences with unique visualization of universal human values, fears and hopes.
By highlighting the contextual relationships of varied Caribbean regions, which here mirrors humanity’s interconnectedness, insight is allowed into how each artist is inspired by the rich visual tradition and history of their ancestral homeland and depicts what binds us all as people.
Featured artists include: Frito Bastien, Terry Boddie, Ronald Cadet, Pepe Coronado, Rene de los Santos, Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez, Dominique Duroseau, Shakespeare Guirand, Wanda L. Hartzog-Cortes, Tenjin Ikeda, Francisco Jimenez, Leslie Jimenez, Nadine LaFond, Rejin Leys, Vidho Lorville, Klode (Michele Garoute Michel), Narciso Montero, Jasmine Murrel, Copie Rodriguez, Yelanie Rodriguez, Fausto Sevila, and Lennox Warner.