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October First Friday: Emily Carris Reclaimed

"One hundred thousand slaves, Black or mulatto, work in sugar mills, indigo and cocoa plantations, sacrificing their lives to gratify our newly acquired appetites for sugar, cocoa, coffee, and tobacco--things unknown to our ancestors." 

--Voltaire, Essay on Morals and Customs, 1756

Reclaimed is an installation born out of search for self. As a transracially adopted black women raised in modern America my story is incomplete, riddled with gaping holes, a result of malicious neglect and the casualty of power, supremacy, domination, and shame. 

This work has been a backroom performance, as I learned new crafts imprinted with the legacy of my ancestors. With their guidance I have created overt, subtle pieces that interweave my experience as their descendent with their stories so often overlooked by today’s craft movement.
Photographer + fiber artist, Emily Carris has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. She holds a Master's degree in photography from UCA in Kent, England. She has exhibited internationally and has worked as photography teacher and museum educator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Emily is the director of The Art Dept and lives in Philadelphia.

Earlier Event: September 30
The Magic of Storytelling with Tchin
Later Event: October 10
Awkward Academy Intro to Improv