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Anacostia Arts Center Presents Memory Flood

Work by Nakeya Brown. Courtesy of Anacostia Arts Center.

Work by Nakeya Brown. Courtesy of Anacostia Arts Center.

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Anacostia Arts Center hosts a group exhibit by women about how memory shapes identity. Curated by Molly Ruppert, the show features work by 12 area women artists working in a variety of disciplines, from painting to sculpture, to installation.

Artists are Sarah Baizer, Nakeya Brown, Cheryl Edwards, Margo Elsayd, Adrienne Gaither, Pat Goslee, Amal Hassan, Laurel Lukaszewski, Lisa Rosenstein, Imani Russell, Anne Smith, and Ellyn Weiss.

Artists take different approaches when dealing with the themes of memory and identity (specifically as it relates to womanhood). The materials range from traditionally considered “female” mediums (such as embroidery and quilting) to more contemporary methods like digital photography and installation. Many pieces find a way to traverse old and new. Adrienne Gaither says, “Merging traditional techniques of painting with digital manipulations has bridged the fragments of each subject’s past with the present.”

The subject matter also ranges from the personal to more universal themes. Sarah Baizer described her piece as encapsulating “personal struggles [she] grappled with surrounding [her] inward significance versus outward appearance, and how this turmoil has shaped [her] self-identity”.  Regardless of focus or method, each artist brings her own unique perspective to the exhibition.

The initial concept to do an all-women show came out of the idea of the DC-wide Women’s Voices Theatre Festival occurring across the city in September and October. As Anacostia Arts Center is also hosting performances for this festival, it seemed like a good opportunity to connect the exhibition to the theatre.

About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, six galleries/boutiques, and NURISH Food + Drink. The center opened in June of 2013.

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. For more information visit www.anacostiaartscenter.org.

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