The purpose of the exhibition is to explore issues of identity and race among
African-American artists and designers at RISD. We hope to connect the RISD
community to prints, photographs, sculptures, and corresponding audio/video of
students talking about their experience. The exhibit space will use performance as
a catalyst to start meaningful dialogue and foster connections across campus. We
see this as a platform to fully engage the RISD community, staff, faculty, and
students in a conversation about the cultural context of their work. In our
respective disciplines we are both exploring topics of race and racism and
provoking conversations on difficult subject matter. Tia is conducting historical
research that investigates racial tropes within seventeenth- and eighteenth-century
Providence that are still germane today. Kelly is unearthing historical artifacts
throughout American history as a way to better understand her own culture.
Walters, Kelly, "Kindred: Alone, Beside, and Among" (2015). Kindred Print & Video. Paper 1.