Reception: Friday, November 3 from 6pm to 9pm
Free; During Dupont Circle’s First Friday, $8 Suggested Donation
Hillyer Art Space presents three new exhibitions in celebration of FotoWeek DC, opening on November’s First Friday, featuring solo exhibitions by Katherine Akey and Lloyd Kofi Foster, and the group exhibition Immigration in Ibero-America. Akey’s The Arctic Smiles Now features recent work that stems from a trip to the top of the world with the Arctic Circle. Foster’s Land That We Love will show a series of photographs and videos highlighting his experiences in the West African country of Sierra Leone. The Ibero-American Cultural Attaché Association Immigration in Ibero-America aims to show the positive cultural, social and economic influence of immigrants in the Ibero-American countries, portraying how they have welcomed immigrants into their cultures. Guests can meet the artists at the reception on Friday, November 3 from 6-9pm, during Dupont Circle’s First Friday Gallery Walk, sponsored by Bier Baron Tavern.
Hillyer Art Space presents two solo exhibitions by DC-based artists Katherine Akey and Lloyd Kofi Foster, and the group exhibition Immigration in Ibero-America presented by the Ibero-American Cultural Attaché Association (AACIA). The exhibitions will open on Friday, November 3 and will run through Sunday, December 17. Katherine Akey and Lloyd Foster will be present to talk about their work with visitors at our reception on Friday, November 3 from 6-9pm.
The Arctic Smiles Now by Katherine Akey
Having received a BA in Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics, Katherine Akey considers her path to becoming an artist unconventional. Akey is primarily influenced by her profound love of reading, from childhood fantasies to the non-fiction she consumes on her commute. These stories bleed into her dreams and fuel the romantic, otherworldly aspects of her art, while her scientific background and penchant for academic reading bring a grounded, thoughtful tone. Themes of polar exploration, World War I, and early aviation figure prominently in her work. This exhibition, The Arctic Smiles Now, features recent work that stems from a trip to the top of the world with the Arctic Circle Residency program in the fall of 2015. With impressions of the history of exploration and human experiences in the voices of men and experiences of male explorers, Akey weaves the northern landscapes of legend and the Golden Age of Exploration with the realities of Arctic conservation projects, bringing glory to the women she found in Svalbard devoting their lives to protecting the land.
Land That We Love by Lloyd Kofi Foster
Lloyd Kofi Foster is a Ghanaian-American photographer based in Washington, DC. Self-taught, Foster’s work uses personal connections, memories, and authentic perception to capture daily life, combat warped media perspectives, and to better understand his subjects. In his debut solo exhibition Land That We Love, Foster will show a series of photographs and videos highlighting his experiences in the West African country of Sierra Leone. From children to adults, these images highlight everyday life in Sierra Leone and the resiliency of the people who always find ways to rebuild through difficult times.
Immigration in Ibero-America by AACIA
The Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association presents Immigration in Ibero-America, an exhibition featuring artwork from seventeen countries. The exhibition aims to show the positive cultural, social and economic influence of immigrants in the Ibero-American countries, portraying how they have welcomed immigrants into their cultures.
Hillyer Art Space is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more informaiton, visit http://www.hillyerartspace.org.