Artist's Talk with Ifé Franklin: The Indigo Project
May 23, 2013
Artist Ifé Franklin will speak about her most recent work. This exhibition includes drawings, textiles and installation elements that will be part of the final project, which will be an 8-foot wooden structure resembling a slave cabin, completely covered inside and out with Aso Adire indigo-dyed fabric.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project is a multi-dimensional, installation, exhibition and performance piece. The Artist says:
This piece will be a living testament honoring Africans and African Americans who lived and died as enslaved people in The American South producing materials that I work with closely/freely: Cotton and Indigo. Indigo fabric will be created and used to wrap a replica of a slave cabin.
More importantly, Ifé wants to explore the “shared” history of enslavement that remains a minefield of suffering as well as love. She believes a collective healing needs to take place to bring forth some relief of the pain, suffering and injustice that still stands today and continues to separate and haunt us. Ifé Franklin’s Indigo Project is a platform for change, collective community conversation, history, art making, and transformation. This is the second in a series of UFORGE Gallery exhibitions this year showcasing faculty from the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts.
On View: May 16 – June 9, 2013
Reception: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6-8pm
Ifé is a faculty member at the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts. Her next workshop, Adire: West African Dying, is June 22 & 23.