Opening Reception – Thursday, January 25, 2018, 4:30-7:00 pm
Artist Talk: Imna Arroyo. Thursday, February 15, 2018, 5:00 pm. Arroyo will discuss her installation Ancestors of the Passage.
Ancestors of the Passage: Journey Through the Middle Passage.
Instillation by Imna Arroyo. 2018
Inspired by this year’s UConn Reads selected book, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, and the histories of voluntary and involuntary immigration that brought us to become American. Imna Arroyo’s art installation explores the forced immigration of slaves from Africa. The ancestors of the Middle Passage, those who had been on slave ships going from Africa to the Caribbean who did not survive. Life size terracotta ceramic distinctive figures are submerged in the water surrounded by collagraphs representing a multitude of people witnessing the journey. The terracotta figures depict the African ancestors that died and are coming back to tell us to remember our gifts. This artwork attempts to gives a visual voice to the untold story of the millions of people who died during the Atlantic crossing.
“If the Atlantic Ocean were to dry up, a trail of bones would lead from the shores of Africa to the Americas.”