New Exhibit in Lane Hall Gallery - Winter 2019
nastassja e. swift
she was here, once
January 9 - August 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, February 25; 4-6 p.m.
The mobility and displacement of the Black body, from port to holding cell, to ward and out, is a history that is embedded in our communities socially, culturally and geographically. Alluding to feelings of pain, otherness, power and triumph, she was here, once features work that illustrates a moment of remembrance and reflection on the women who have roamed these spaces before us.
In summer 2018, artist Nastassja Swift organized a collaborative workshop and public performance in her home city of Richmond, Virginia. Using a range of choreographed movement, sound, and solidarity, eight Black women and girls, wearing large needle felted wool masks, traced the ancestral footprints of the arrival of the Black body in Richmond. The 3.5 mile walk began in Shockoe Bottom (the site of the importation of slaves into Richmond, and one of the largest sources of slave trade in America) and concluded in the Jackson Ward neighborhood (one of the largest Black communities in Richmond).
Lane Hall Gallery is open to the public weekdays from 8am - 5pm. Class visits are encouraged.
Contact Heidi Bennett, IRWG Event Planner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about this exhibition.