Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On was a show of over 50 artists exploring Alfredo Jaar’s idea of “place can not be global,” curated by elin o’Hara slavick and Carol Magee. This exhibition was first shown at 523 East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill and travelled to the Hillsborough Museum at 201 N. Churton St running from June 1-June 30, 2011.
The 1st and 2nd Amendments to the US Constitution were my source text material for these two drawings on canvas produced for the Local Histories exhibition (January 28 – April 29, 2011 ) in Chapel Hill, NC. Our communities, both local, rural and urban, are defined by how specific populations interpret these amendments. Issues of free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, separation of church and state, flag desecration, obscenity, and the right to bear arms shape and form how we move within our particular community circles, how we treat each other in regards to personal rights and protectionism, and what arguments we use to rationalize and justify our local laws. How are local attitudes about these ideas informed by tradition, memory and nostalgia? Is the political idea of positive change linked to locality and specificity of community history and tradition in such a way as to preclude any real national change?
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