Multidisciplinary artist Lindsay Gary explores the complexities of a contemporary woman of the African Diaspora by looking at her experiences through an ancestral lens in the exhibition opening May 8 at the Community Artists’ Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116.
“AncesTREE,” a self-portraiture series, is an extension of genealogical research wherein specific ancestries have been discovered.
The exhibition specifically explores two layers of both maternal and paternal ancestry--distant ancestors in Africa represented through traditional clothing and recent ancestors represented through black and white photographs. Ultimately it is a work on identity, ancestry, history and culture and how the meeting of these ancestors (represented through a mosaic of images) parallels contemporary experiences.
Gary is an interdisciplinary artist who uses art to educate, connect and empower the African Diaspora. Primarily working as a dance artist and choreographer, Gary also works in photography, poetry, creative writing, film, and theater. Gary is the founder and artistic/executive director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, which exists to connect and celebrate Africa and the Diaspora through dance.
The exhibition, which runs through June 5, is curated by The Collective’s Miles Payne.