Repost from @phillipscollection
STABLE x The Phillips Collection: Charles Jean-Pierre (@cjpgallery)
About Charles' picks:
I was first introduced to Jacob Lawrence's seminal work as a graduate student at Howard University. Later when I became an Art teacher, the Phillips Collection became a vital resource for me to engage in discussions with my students about the mass movement of African Americans from rural southern towns to northern metropolises like DC, Baltimore, Chicago, and New York. Panel 1 resonates the most with me because it sets the stage for exploring the lasting cultural, political, and societal impact of my own migration story. Lawrence's work inspired a series of my own entitled, "Future Memories: Exploring the Diasporic Imagination" to illustrate the rich tapestry of the contemporary Caribbean and Latin American migration experience.
1) Jacob Lawrence Panel 1 from the Great Migration Series
2) Sister Outsider
3) Black Skin White Mask
4) The Autobiography of My Mother
5) Breath Eyes Memory
The lines, spaces, and gaps in my work represent the absences felt growing up in an immigrant home. My practice recognizes the erasure of our complex histories and challenges the narrative that we are perpetual outsiders. My work attempts to create the informed cultural context needed to make sense of the American connection to the Caribbean, and vice versa.
About the project:
We're partnering with @STABLEarts, a studio complex in DC that provides visual artists with an active work-space, for the next ~two weeks on Instagram! Each day, we'll show you a Phillips permanent collection pick by a STABLE artist who will articulate how it intersects with their own practice.
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