The Historic Ali Cultural Arts is proud to present Without Labels, an exhibition exploring views of identity and
cultural perception. The exhibition features the photographs of Jamie Robertson and works on paper by
Shawna Moulton and runs from February 15-April 12, 2019.
“We are delighted to showcase the works of these talented artists, who through their research and art answer their own questions about identity and cultural perception,” said curator Juliana Forero. “As each artist peels away different cultural labels to discover their own identities, they invite the viewer to take that same journey of reflection and exploration.”
Jamie Robertson’s Making Reference is an ongoing photographic series of self-portraits influenced by representations of Black Women in art history and popular culture. Ethnographic photographs from the Caribbean, South America and North America along with paintings from those regions serve as reference points for Robertson’s self-portraits.
“Using my body and adornments such as gold hoop earrings, eyeliner and orchids, I explore my perceived identity and question how I see myself versus how others see me,” said Robertson. “This series allows me to explore the history of Black Women in the Americas and how they were seen while simultaneously allowing me the agency of self-representation to confront perceptions of my own identity.”
Shawna Moulton creates delicate works made from paper she makes herself, which she then embellishes with water colors and ink drawings. Moulton, who teaches the ancient art of papermaking at workshops throughout South Florida, also sculpts her creations into life-size masks which depict both distinct and indistinct facial features.
“I create what I feel is truly important — me as my pure self,” said Moulton. “Who am I without a name, race, gender or any given label? It’s like picturing a color you have never seen but know it exists.”
“Coloured” was curated by Gary L. Moore. To some, the title may seem inappropriate in today’s culture, but to Moore, it evokes a response that focuses attention on the essential subject matter, conveying diverse renditions of contemporary African diasporic visual culture.
The exhibit is a vibrant journey exploring how pigment, when set down on canvas, paper or wood, changes with each surface, providing new meaning and context. The exhibit features the works of more than ten artists, all of African descent, including the late Purvis Young, who was an inspiration for Moore.
“Coloured” runs through February 8, 2019 at the Historic Ali Cultural Arts. Hours and more information call 954-786-7876.