This summer, the High Museum of Art
presents Of Origins and Belonging, Drawn from Atlanta (June 1Sept. 29, 2019), an exhibition featuring six Atlanta-based artists who address issues related to place, belonging and heritage in their work: Jessica Caldas, Yehimi Cambrón, Xie Caomin, Wihro Kim, Dianna Settles and Cosmo Whyte.
Of Origins and Belonging is the third in a series of exhibitions at the High focused on work by Atlanta-based artists. The series began in 2013 with Drawing Inside the Perimeter, featuring all Atlanta-based artists, and continued in 2015 with Sprawl! Drawing Outside the Lines, highlighting artists from around the metro area and other Georgia cities.
Compelled by the national debate and dialogue around immigration reform, this iteration of the Atlanta-based drawing project includes artists whose distinct voices, diverse perspectives and personal experiences represent worldviews informed and enriched by their cultural heritage and the bond they share as members of a diverse creative community in Atlanta. Among the participating artists, Caomin and Whyte immigrated to the United States as adults, and Cambrón is a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient.
Conversations in Atlanta about social justice, racial bias or invisibility and the trauma of being othered are often framed in terms of black and white. Of course, these conditions affect many of Atlantas thriving immigrant communities, from members of the African diaspora to people of Asian and Latin American descent, said Michael Rooks, Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art at the High. With this exhibition, we aim to shed light on how artists work is a mode of exchange, mirroring the transnational exchange of people, ideas and values that is at the heart of American immigration and that is so vital to our city.
More about the featured artists:
Caldas is an artist, advocate and activist whose work connects personal and community narratives to larger themes related to sexual and gendered violence, systems of disempowerment and social justice.
Cambrón is an artist, educator and activist whose work draws on her own experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States to frame a perspective on the highly politicized immigration debate.
Originally from China, artist and educator Alan Caomin Xie creates works that explore issues of acculturation, spiritual enlightenment and cycles of creation and destruction and dissolution and coalescence.
Kim, born in New York and raised in Georgia, creates dreamlike paintings and installations that suggest an emotional interiority conditioned by memory and longing.
A Georgia native, Settles is a Vietnamese-American artist, musician and gallerist whose work focuses on everyday, commonplace settings to counter fetishized and passive images of women of color.
Whyte, an artist and educator, was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica, in 1982. His work contends with the legacy of colonialism and the urgency of forced migration.