Telling Herstory, an exhibition will open Thursday, November 10th at Chashama Gallery in Harlem. The opening reception will be on Friday, November 11th, 6-10pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Telling Herstory is a community collaborative art and oral history project where artist Elvira Clayton collects oral narratives from Harlem-based senior citizens that celebrate their female ancestors.
“Once I began to sit with the seniors and hear their stories, I realized there was something very powerful here”, recalls Clayton, “many of the elders that I spoke with represented the last surviving physical links to relatives, grandmothers, great grandmothers, who were born into or immediately after slavery”.
The focal point of the exhibition will be a series of large-scale hand-made artist books inspired by the stories collected from the senior citizens. Listening stations will be placed throughout the gallery, where the audience will hear sound portraits spoken by the project’s participants.
Telling Herstory documents a community, serves as a stage to addresses the impact and residuals of slavery, and celebrates the triumphs in spite of it.
chashama Gallery, 461 west 126th street, New York, New York