Community Artists' Collective presents Lindsay Gary: "AncesTREE" opening day
In "AncesTREE," multidisciplinary artist Lindsay Gary explores the complexities of a contemporary woman of the African Diaspora by looking at her experiences through an ancestral lens. The self-portraiture series is an extension of genealogical research wherein specific ancestries have been discovered.
The exhibition specifically explores two layers of both maternal and paternal ancestry - distant ancestors in Africa represented through traditional clothing and recent ancestors represented through black-and-white photographs. Ultimately it is a work on identity, ancestry, history and culture and how the meeting of these ancestors (represented through a mosaic of images) parallels contemporary experiences.
Gary is an interdisciplinary artist who uses art to educate, connect and empower the African Diaspora. Primarily working as a dance artist and choreographer, Gary also works in photography, poetry, creative writing, film, and theater. Gary is the founder and artistic/executive director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, which exists to connect and celebrate Africa and the Diaspora through dance.
The exhibition,curated by The Collective’s Miles Payne, will remain on display through June 5.