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ANINA MAJOR

on view: May 23 - June 22, 2019

Opening reception Thursday May 23, 5pm - 7pm

To trace, connect, and comprehend the movement of self across boundaries within this world, inevitably influences our concept of self. In the formation of identity, the expansion of our narrow understandings of self offers lessons in unresolved tensions of belonging. Layered personal investigations into history, memory, temporality, and aesthetics often transcends beyond diaspora borders. Contemplating the ways in which inherited craft embodies culture and the act of making contributes to thoughts of belonging, I carry forward the plaiting taught by my grandmother and the universal languages of weaving learned along my journey. The weaving traditions based on anthropological research, as well as contemporary practices employed reflect on migration, national identity, and agency through materiality. By uncovering connections among geographically and culturally distant places, I dismantle and rebuild commonplace understandings that compose our sense of community. Tapestries act as subjective record keeping and sculptural objects hold tradition and transformation by absorbing and processing the world around me. Each captures the essence of human connections through shared experiences by honoring ancestral legacies and celebrating poetics of inter-cultural relations.

"Bahamian-born artist Anina Major looks to have us think about one's cultural identity through her work. Her work combines weaving, mixed media with the creation of clay objects that uphold the traditions and rituals of her background, but puts a modern/contemporary take on the work," said Arthur De Bow, curator of MCLA's Gallery 51.

 

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