Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present 'Aujourd'hui, Causons Avec Nos Aieux: Intimate and Foreign', an exhibition of work by Cameroon-born and Houston-based artist Rosine Kouamen. The exhibition features a selection of sculpture and textile-based works that explore themes of ancestral history and genetic nostalgia, in relation to cultural traditions, spirituality, morality, ethnicity, geography, beauty, and ethics.
'Aujourd'hui, Causons Avec Nos Aieux: Intimate and Foreign' explores ones understanding of tradition vis-à-vis modernity, as it continues to affect global communities. The works in this exhibition focus on how cultural relativity influences worldview, and encourages a dialogue between foreign and domestic conceptions.
The exhibition is centered around a site-specific textile sculpture, which hangs from the ceiling in the middle of the gallery. The artwork references traditional African hierarchical and societal structures, and explores how constructed imaginations of relatives lost, are the result of relentless rewriting of others’ histories. The exhibit also features a series of mixed media sculptures that line the gallery walls, referencing the development of filial history, as it intertwines with particular regional histories.
Interview by Trinh Nguyen
Video by Adrienne Meyers