Detail of contribution by Tony Davenport to a past community project.
In 2018, CAPE conducted a series of listening sessions across Mississippi to explore the need and desire within communities to partner with the Museum in artist-led, community-driven artist residencies. The goal of these residencies is to engage artists and communities in a collaborative exploration of Mississippi places and their histories and produce art that builds deeper understanding and honors personal truths.
The result of these listening sessions and the subsequent call for artist proposals is the launch of residency projects in two Mississippi communities: Hancock County and Lafayette County.
ArtisT daniel johnson is engaged with local Lafayette County organizations and individuals exploring historical narratives highlighting the relationship between land and power. Currently, johnson is working with local clay, collecting oral histories and considering the possibilities for a projection installation that highlights local stories and catalyzes conversations around land and power. As the residency moves forward, daniel will participate with local organizations in their work and begin a dialog to determine local interest in producing a multidisciplinary education and cultural event reflecting on land and power in the stories of Lafayette County.rk.
LAND & POWER THE SUMMIT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2019
ArtisT Mark Geil's residency focuses on the creation of a 360-degree photographic "quilt" of the communities in Hancock County. This project will use 360-degree cameras and the metaphor of a community quilt to explore the varied narratives and histories of Hancock County. The final product will be a centralized online repository for all these 360-degree videos, that can be shared across communities, across the state, and across the country. In collaboration with community partners, the project will explore and document what is special, vital, and difficult about living in Hancock County. The culmination of the project will include viewing parties where participants can use their phones and 3-D viewers to watch the videos. These events will be celebrations of place and of history and will serve as opportunities to foster community dialog and exchange. At the conclusion of the project, the equipment purchased with the grant will remain in the community to be shared by shared among local arts organizations and schools as an educational resource.
CULMINATING EVENT DETAILS COMING SOON
In addition to inspiring CAPE projects, stories shared and gathered will also inform the Mississippi Museum of Art’s broader work of exploring the state and its people through art in future programs, exhibitions, and initiatives.