"Textures of the Diaspora": A Conversation and Workshop with Gee's Bend Quilters and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé Elders

September 21, 2017

On Friday, September 29th, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference at Emory University in conjunction with the Michael C. Carlos Museum and community partners (Veterans of Hope; The Ceremony Music and Events) will host the public program: “Textures of the Diaspora”: A Conversation and Workshop with Gee's Bend Quilters and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé Elders at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. along with a pre-event activity: guest viewing of Carlos Museum exhibition “Threads of Time” and African textiles collection in the permanent gallery, 3:00 – 4:00p.m.

The afternoon program, “Textures of the Diaspora,” is a dialogic and embodied investigation of black women's cultural and spiritual heritage work across two African diaspora locations: Alabama, USA and Bahia, Brazil. Focusing on the varied uses of textile-based arts in Africana sacred ritual and ancestral communication, this program includes a moderated discussion among scholars and practitioners, a textile art demonstration and interactive workshop, and a special pre-event activity allowing guests to engage the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s permanent African textiles collection and the temporary exhibition Threads of Time: Continuity and Change in the Indigenous Americas.

“Textures of the Diaspora” and the related pre-event are sponsored in part by a grant from the Emory College Center for Creativity and Arts' David Goldwasser Series in Religion and the Arts.

JWJI assistant director, Dr. Kali-Ahset Amen, notes, “The institute is excited to bring awareness to these rich Africana folk and spiritual traditions, and to raise interesting questions about their continuities across seas, continents, and time. Designed to heighten appreciation of the connections between art and faith, this program will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners of fabric arts, religious syncretism, and women’s cultural history.

The events are free and open to the public but reservations for the workshop are required. Register at: http://texturesofdiaspora.eventbrite.com

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