Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The Migration Back
A Collaborative Exhibition by Dail Chambers & Carl Moore
Vaughn Cultural Center at the Urban League
3701 Grandel Square
St. Louis, MO 63108
Opening Reception: January 22, 2011 from 3-5pm
Exhibition January 22, 2011- February 28, 2011
The Great Migration was the movement of over 7 million African Americans out of the Southern United States to the Midwest, Northeast and West. In contemporary culture we find that many African Americans have moved back to the southern states of the U.S. for various reasons. Consistent to that of the generations before us, is the need for better economic, cultural and social environments, which many African Americans have reclaimed in states such as Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi. Both artists will explore their experiences, and understanding of this occurrence in our culture.
The migration series is a surreal contemporary look at a migration that has taken place the last 20 years where families and descendants of families that left the south almost half a century ago are returning in search of a better life, identity and history.
Dail Chambers is a community based, studio artist working in various mediums. She studied photography at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley and received her BFA from Memphis College of Art in Clay, with a minor in Art History. Her artwork is centered on African art, women's issues and social constructs. She shows the process of each work, as a telling history to the viewer.
Chambers has curated numerous exhibitions, and founded the AIDS Project in Memphis Tn. She completed CAT (Community Arts Training) Institute fellowship while building and facilitating programs in the St. Louis area, many of which are located in the surrounding area of her art studio. Most recently she has founded Yeyo Arts Collective, a small collective that operates a gallery with fine crafts and hosts community arts programming.