The Hardesty Arts Center [AHHA] will debut its inaugural Artist In Residence art exhibition on February 22, 2013. Site Unseen will feature artist Eyakem Gulilat’s photographs focused on the history of the Greenwood District. Curated by Tumelo Mosaka, the exhibition is a study of the landscape in northern Tulsa and its century-old artifacts related to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.
During a three month residency at AHHA the public is invited to share stories that will become a part of the exhibition. An Ethiopian native who currently resides in Norman, Gulilat’s interest is in documenting and interpreting the stories that drew him to the history of Tulsa’s Greenwood district and the Tulsa Race Riot.
Site Unseen is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. For more information about Site Unseen, the Hardesty Arts Center, or the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, please call 918.584.3333.
Artist Statement - Eyakem Guililat
Site Unseen is a study of the landscape in northern Tulsa and the century-old artifacts related to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. During the next few months the exhibition will evolve to include shared stories from individuals in the community. Along the way it will pose the question, "where do we go from here?"
The landscape is a constant witness to the lives and events from the past. From the images of the empty stairways, I imagine the houses that may have existed, the people who may have lived there. If the land could speak about the past, what would it say? What kind of conversations does the space hold for us to sift through and find?
The domestic elements represent the fruit of the black community's hard work, resilience and success. Through these glimpses we can briefly imagine life from the era into existence. These photographs help us remember and to imagine the stories of the Greenwood community.
As an Artist in Residence here at the Hardesty Arts Center, I am looking for stories for the ongoing exhibition. In this first set of exhibitions I simply constructed a stage where the life of the Tulsa community played out in the 1920's. I would like you, the viewers, to participate with me by letting me hear your voice and your observations about the Tulsa Race Riot. Your stories will become a part of the project. Please contact me at email@example.com.
National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works.
Jean Ann + Tom Fausser
The John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation
Edith and Glenn Wilson
Lee Roy Chapman
Greenwood Cultural Center
Tulsa Historical Society
Julie + Bill Watson
The Beryl Ford Collection / Rotary Club of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society
Join us for the Public Opening of SITE UNSEEN
WHAT / WHO: A free, public opening of Site Unseen, including a moderated panel featuring the artist and curator.
WHEN / WHERE: Friday, February 22, 2013 at AHHA - 101 East Archer Street
Panel Discussion 4:00pm
Opening Reception 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Credit for this video goes to Doug Seirup, Geoffrey Hicks and Gitwit Creative.