Event Scheduled

You Are Heleswv (Medicine)

Courtesy of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE: The Indigenous influence on several talent artists.
  • 08/18/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/19/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/20/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/21/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/22/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/23/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/24/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/25/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/26/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/27/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/28/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/29/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/30/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 08/31/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/01/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/02/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/03/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • 09/04/2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cost: Free,
CL Critic Okla Jones Recommends: This exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary includes several installations from artists of indigenous descent. With his video TOTSU (Redbird), Jeremy Charles combines the Cherokee language, themes of MMIW, and Indigenous Futurism. Nathaniel Cummings-Lambert’s contribution is a Deed of Cultural Easement, and Kalyn Barnoski’s work is inspired by the tradition of Cherokee weaving and basketry. Patrick Freeland shows heleswv in vessels created by Cindi Wood, and in addition to the Mvskoke plants are the poems from Joy Harjo. Kyle Bell passes on the knowledge of our Mvskoke foods, and a ceramic sculpture by Raven Halfmoon serves as a reminder of the painful history of the Cherokee and Muscogee. — OJ

From the venue:

Erasure is a violent act. The forced removal of the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee from the Southeast can be described as nothing other than genocide. When we think of the word erasure, it seems almost childish. It conjures thoughts of No. 2 pencil lead being rubbed by a pink eraser, hitting ctrl+Z to undo something on your computer, or deleting something on your phone. In stark contrast, the erasure of Indigenous people from Atlanta is anything but childish. How do you delete an entire society of people? By taking away their relationship to the land. According to Philip Deere, the Muscogee people are “those who possess herbs.”[[[[[[[[https://atlantacontemporary.org/exhibitions/you-are-heleswv-medicine#_ftn1|[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[1]] Our plants and medicines are a vital part of our identity. Our language, traditions, and ceremonies are held in these plants. These medicines are equally important to the Cherokee people, who were punished for planting seeds while they were marched along the Trail of Tears.
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