Shadows of Our Ancestors
Guest curated by Chieko Phillips, Lore Re-Imagined places our ideas about preserving cultural memory center stage. Indigenous groups and marginalized communities have long relied on non-written transmission of stories, art forms and other knowledge to maintain a historical record and sustain their cultures and identities. This lore is often kept informally within families or preserved formally within museum collections. Lore Re-Imagined features artists who are also guarding cultural memory by giving it an active place in their contemporary practice.
Alex Anderson holds an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles, is a graduate of Swarthmore College, and a former resident artist at the China Academy of Art during his tenure as a Fulbright scholar. While taking ink painting and ceramics courses at the China Academy of Art, Anderson explored new ways to use line, form, and symbolism in two- and three-dimensional space. He also studied abroad at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and he is represented by Gavlak Gallery in Los Angeles.
Megumi Shauna Arai is a self-taught Japanese and Jewish multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of media including photography, installation and textile. She grew up between the Pacific Northwest and Tokyo with a cultural anthropologist mother and economist father. Immersive experiences of regional crafts related to her multicultural upbringing underlie her reinterpretation of these traditions into a contemporary conceptual context. Arai is drawn to investigating assimilation and resistance, othering and social disconnection in the present day.
Satpreet Kahlon is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, WA and Providence, RI. Born in Punjab, India and raised in the Midwest, she is interested in creating visual language and immersive encounters that express and explore intersectional experiences as well as the structural systems of inequity that dictate their boundaries. In addition to her studio practice, which has been featured in Artforum, she is the founder of the online art space Deep Space Gallery, and between 2015 and 2017, she was a member of the curatorial collective The Alice, and designed and taught social engagement programming in partnership with the Seattle Art Museum. She is currently studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a full fellowship to pursue her MFA in Sculpture.
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