Reception: June 14th, 2 - 4pm
Exhibition: June 7th - August 16
The Community Folk Art Center announces the opening of its new gallery exhibition, The Whipping Post , by photographer Brantley Carroll. Blending historical images and engravings or text, Carroll's exhibition explores the legacy of The Middle Passage and the American Plantation System of Slavery in the United States.
The Whipping Post exhibit engages the viewer in a visual t te- -t te with colonial slavery and starkly captures the instrumentation of abuses that slaves endured. Each photograph draws you in to witness and to read the digitally interwoven images and text, taken from antebellum slave auctions, warrants, historical maps and documents.
In a piece entitled Sally Behind A Transparent Declaration, a young woman looks out beyond the words and signatures pearled together to constitute the foundation of a country. This piece holds a special significance to the artist; amongst commonly recognized filigree marks - Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, and Benjamin Franklin - is a Charles Carroll - the artist's great, great, great grandfather. My father, Walter Carroll, was reportedly very ashamed when as a young man he learned that he was the descendant of Charles Carroll. Carroll was a founding father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. An Irish Catholic immigrant, Carroll became a wealthy landowner in Maryland who founded the first industrial Iron Works in Baltimore and owned a large tobacco plantation. He owned one thousand slaves.
Artist Brantley Carroll contends, that a nation like an individual must face its sins and make amends if it is to move toward greatness and enlightenment. It is the goal of my work to more fully understand and educate people about the sins and realities of slavery and more importantly how its legacy pervades today.
The Community Folk Art Center will also host several guest speakers and film screenings in conjunction with the exhibition throughout the month of June.
The Whipping Post exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Central New York Community Foundation.
Community Folk Art Center Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.