Art League Houston opening reception: Aujourd'hui, Causons Avec Nos Aieux: Intimate and Foreign by Rosine Kouamen
Aujourd'hui, Causons Avec Nos Aieux: Intimate and Foreign is an exhibition by Cameroon-born and Houston-based artist Rosine Kouamen of photographs, video, textile and sculpture that explore themes of ancestral history and genetic nostalgia in relation to cultural traditions, spirituality, morality, ethnicity, geography, beauty and ethics.
Aujourd'hui, Causons Avec Nos Aieux: Intimate and Foreign explores one's understanding of tradition vis-à-vis modernity as it continues to affect global communities. The works focus on how cultural relativity influences worldview and encourages a dialogue between foreign and domestic conceptions.
The exhibition is centered around a site-specific textile sculpture that hangs from the ceiling in the middle of the gallery. The artwork references traditional African hierarchical and societal structures and explores how constructed imaginations of relatives lost are the result of relentless rewriting of others' histories. The exhibit also features a series of mixed media sculptures that line the gallery walls, referencing the development of filial history as it intertwines with particular regional histories.
On view through Aug. 2.