Influenced by the Musical Chairs game and referencing the 100 stories that the exhibit emerges from, 10x10 A Table (to be pronounced in two languages with slightly different meanings...) is a collective drawing performed and created by 10 local immigrants to the stop and go rhythm of the music created and performed by another 10 local immigrants during the opening of Our Stories/ Our Voices exhibit. Visitors of all ages joined the artists in drawing, expanding the collectivity and also participating in the creation of this drawing.
Through drawing and music, the most basic cross-cultural mediums of communication, the immigrant artists share collective memory of transformation to reveal a permanent layered image of their emerging faces. Faces on top of faces, gestures on top of gestures gesticulate and represent the many faces of immigration and the transformation that takes place when one merges the stories of two cultures, and when many emigrants/immigrants merge their memory of that transition with those of others.
10x10 A Table was performed and exhibited at the ARTERY, home of the Asheville Arts Council during December 2011 as part of the Our Voices, Our Stories traveling exhibit. It was also performed and created at UNC Asheville, at the Highsmith Union Gallery in 2012.
10x10, A Table is a project led by Martha Skinner, also an immigrant born in Colombia for 10^10 and for the "exponential power of collective participation".
The Our Stories/Our Voices exhibit, which documents the stories of “new North Carolinians as a means of beginning to grow new understanding of the common humanity of all residents in WNC.” is curated by Victor Palomino and is supported by The Coalition of Latin American Organizations (COLA), Latino Advocacy Coalition (LAC), Center for Participatory Change (CPC), Workers Center of WNC, and Nuestro Centro. As well as The Center for Diversity Education, NC Arts Council, and The Asheville Area Arts Council.
Thanks to all who participated: Loida Ginocchio-Silva, Pheonyx Roldan Smith, Luis E. Laverde Tobón, Maria Rusafova, Jakub Markulis, Brista Hristova, James Cassara, Boryan Markulis, Oscar Feinberg, Raina, Aia Rios, Roby-Moser, Elisa Faires, Charles Faires, Ekua Adisa, Adriana, Tara Meadows, Jonathan Santos, Kitty Love... and others...
video sound piece by Charlie Bryant
for more images and information on the project visit marthaskinner.com/project/10x10-a-table/