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November Issue 2003

UNC- Asheville in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Andrea Quillian

The University of North Carolina at Asheville in Asheville, NC, will present the exhibition, Weaving the Story: Maya Women in Chiapas, a mixed media installation by senior Andrea Quillian. The exhibit is on view in the Blowers Gallery located on the main floor of UNCA's Ramsey Library.

The exhibition includes 33 color photographs, a documentary film short and handwoven garments. The show is the culmination of Quillian's work toward a bachelor of arts degree at UNCA.

Last year, Quillian spent six weeks in the Highlands of Chiapas working with the leader of the independent weaving cooperative, Maya Ik. She documented the work of women in nine different Maya communities. Quillian's exhibit is a small representation of daily life in communities surrounding Asheville's sister city, San Cristólbal de Las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. The documentary project, which includes video and still images, demonstrates aspects of the lives of Maya women struggling to gain economic independence while preserving the ancient art of backstrap loom weaving.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. For hours of operation, call UNCA's Ramsey Library at 828/251-6546.

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