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September 2013

City of Charleston, SC, Offers Photography Exhibition

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs will present The Spirit of Place: African-American Traditions of Agrarian Homes in Barbados and the Lowcountry, on view in the City Gallery at Waterfront Park from Sept. 7 through Oct. 6, 2013.

This exhibition will feature the work of Barbadian photographer Bob Kiss and native Charlestonian Julia Cart, as well as photos from the Avery Research Center archives by Guy Carawan and images by Terry James of the Slave Dwelling Project.

This exhibition explores perspectives on New World building traditions and typographies common to the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. This curated exhibit brings together artists’ perspectives on the architecture of Barbados and the Sea Islands of the Carolinas with documentation of the history of these building types from the Avery Research Center for African American History and The Slave Dwelling Project, organized by Joseph McGill, Jr., Field Officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to examine the nature of house and home.

Central to the exhibit will be a model of a Barbadian chattel house, constructed in participation with the American College of the Building Arts. Chattel houses, designed to be moved, allowed itinerant workers to relocate between different plantations and farms on Barbados according to the seasonal need, availability of work, or even if a dispute with their employer warranted it. Traditionally made of wood and assembled without nails, a chattel house could be folded in upon itself and then carted to its next destination.

The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, owned by the City of Charleston and operated by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is a tangible resource and reliable venue for displaying the finest contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists, stimulating discussion and dialogue among audiences. In the process, in this dynamic visual arts venue, those who visit the City Gallery at Waterfront Park will be educated, enlightened and inspired by their experiences in this cultural space.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call 843/958-6484.

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