January 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – January 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
“What she didn’t realize … was that some of the indentations in the bricks are the fingerprints of the slave who made them.
And when I go and I put my fingers in those prints, my fingers are way too big–which is an indication that they were children, enslaved children, you know, making those bricks.
That’s the evidence of the enslaved ancestors reaching out to us, saying, “We are here. Tell our stories.”
-Joe McGill, Founder, Slave Dwelling Project
The Charleston Gaillard Center is proud to present Prints in Clay: A Visual Exhibit, a photography exhibition comprised of the work of photographers from The South Carolina Picture Project, the Art Institute of Charleston, and the College of Charleston.
The visual exhibit will be comprised of a collection of photographs curated in support of the Slave Dwelling Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to identify and assist in preserving extant slave dwellings. The Slave Dwelling Project Founder, Joseph McGill, travels the country to conduct educational programs using storytelling and overnight stays in the slave dwellings of plantations and historic sites. The visual exhibit tells the story of the Slave Dwelling Project, with a selection of photographs highlighting the historic dwellings, in various states of preservation, and glimpses into the educational programs that are the core of the Project itself.
The visual exhibit will be free and open to the public for two weeks during the Charleston Gaillard Center’s public hours.
A special artistic exhibit by Dontre Major, College of Charleston studio art alumnus, and artist in the College of Charleston’s 33rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition, will be in residence beginning with the Prints in Clay Program and throughout the season in the Martha and John M. Rivers Performance Hall.
Dontre Major’s work takes a look at Black/African Americans in the United States during different periods of time. The photographs portray the feelings and struggle those photographed endured just to be seen as equal. With the current political climate in our country, it is important that we do not forget nor be made to forget what those who have come before had to survived. Dontre Major is a studio art alumnus of the College of Charleston.