DC Artists Alex Alexander, Carolyn Goodridge, Thomas Gomillion, J. Hubert Jackson, Esther Iverem, Magruder Murray, Chareles Sessoms, and Eugene Vango interpret their individual views of “Home” within their artwork. These artists contextualize and visualize feelings of alienation, settlement, dislocation as well as relocation due to historic forced removal, urban development, employment status, loss of familial or cultural ties, and/or one’s sense of rootedness to real and, at times, imagined spaces in their individual art practice.
In view of the recent debates, misunderstandings, government legislation regarding home foreclosures, homelessness and displacement, and immigration reform the notion of this physical and psychic space of both comfort/discomfort and connection/disconnection and possibly reconnection can be problematic and murky.
A/way home leaves the viewer wondering, how these artists seek to resolve these often conflicting feelings lies at the heart(h) of this exhibition and can we every truly go home again? Or merely long for what was or could be?
“…he could not believe how much he had once hated this place. Now it seemed both fresh and ancient, safe and demanding. – from Home, by Toni Morrison
A/way home marks the fourth collaboration between The Black Artists of DC and The DC Arts Center over the past four years. This has been a beneficial partnership for both organizations in that it has broadened the discussions with artists and audiences both organizations. Jarvis DuBois is an independent curator and art consultant in Washington, DC.
A/way Home will be open from November 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013. Opening reception on Friday, November 25, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. Artists’ talk on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 2 to 7 pm. All events are free and open to the public and are at DC Arts Center (DCAC), 2438 18th Street NW, Washington DC. For more information call 202-462-7833, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dcartscenter.org.