11 Aug OFF THE PLANTATION
October 8-10, 2020 / February 18-20, 2021
American plantations did not simply die and become ghosts of the south on January 13, 1865. The plantation has disguised itself under the hood of American capitalism, and the cruelty of plantation culture has served as capitalism’s NOS-filled engine firmly rooting itself into the DNA of America.
On the plantation, capitalism grew into a unique economy where white is right and the dollar rules everything around me. A powerful system that was created to support institutional racism that exploits those who conform to whiteness and punishes those who do not. No institution has been spared.
In the art world, the heartless capitalistic message is transmitted by unspoken musts, where success is celebrated in hushed spaces of refinement – by educational pedigree – with high society endorsements. To be included is rare. To be accepted can mean conformity.
This is a show about emancipation from the capitalistic values that deliver a message of exclusion. This show marks the revolution of the artist. We are working our way #offtheplantation.
Join us for a two-part exhibition led and curated by six visionary Charlotte-based artists who buck the system and challenge art world norms:
Itinerary of Events
Off the Plantation – Part One: Prelude October 8, 9, 10 – timed entry from 5- 9p
Performance and experienced focused, this exhibition will serve as a preview with early ideas from the artists that will inform Part Two. Entries limited to maintain social distance. Masks required. Reservations now open. Click here to register.
Off the Plantation – Part Two: February 18, 19, 20 – timed entry from 5- 9p
The unveiling of the main event where the artists assume control of the space. Entries limited to maintain social distance. Masks required. Reservations open January 10, 2021.
More about the artists:
These are makers whose art is formed beyond the boundaries of the mainstream art world. Some with formal training, some self-trained, all have created outside of the art establishment as defined for decades.
Their art has a universal appeal. Not only does the work transcend genres, it also serves as a powerful mirror of the artist’s state of mind and of the time in which we are living. It is emotional, personal, and wholly reflective of its maker. These artists forge forward without looking to traditions of high culture for inspiration but instead challenging established cultural values.