Many people argue that for people to know who they are and what their purpose is they must know where they come from.
Early in November students were given a chance to do just that, while also learning about slavery in America.
Artist Toni Scott brought history to life on Thursday, Nov. 1 at a closing reception for her “Bloodlines” exhibit in the Bronco Exhibit Gallery. About 30 people attended the reception to hear about her eye-catching images.
The exhibit was put on in collaboration between the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Art Program and the African American Student Center. Pieces from Scott’s work were on display from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 in the Bronco Student Center.
Scott brought the past to life, allowing characters to speak their own stories through photos, paintings and copies of real-life historical narratives put together in an artistic collage-like way. The work focuses on experiences of African-Americans, including how the history of slavery has an influence on people now in many ways.
“It’s one thing for me to use my interpretation of things, it’s another thing to see the narratives,” said Scott.
Scott told the audience that learning about her own family history greatly influenced her art and whole self. After hearing personal accounts from distant relatives, she felt a moral and social responsibility to share about the influence slavery had and continues to have.
Before taking questions from the audience, Scott emphasized the point that although it is important to learn about our own families, we are all one family as Americans, as well.
“We are kith and kin even if we are not related,” said Scott. “We are kith and kin as Americans.”
Students, faculty and staff were given a chance to chronicle their own family histories with a workshop in collaboration with Ancestry.com.
In recent years, genealogy has become more and more popular and many Americans count it as a favorite hobby.
The importance of passing on family stories and continuing to be connected with the past was discussed at the genealogy workshop, tying in themes in Scott’s work.
To see photos from the “Bloodlines” closing reception, see the photo set on Gas Creative Group’s Flickr.
The next art exhibit opening reception will be for Isa Silva’s “Energy Flow” on Thursday, Nov. 15 from noon to 1 p.m.
For more information on the ASI Art Program, visit the program’s website.