Things are more creative in the South. It's like southern cooking. You know how your grandmother will go in the kitchen and come up with some biscuits that you would never get from a store anywhere? Southern hip hop is like that. -Timbaland
This first piece of art on display caught my eye and spark my passion, music pride.
This piece shows the growth of music to the root.
Do you get it?
How do we frame a narrative around the work of artists and art emerging from African America South?
Moreover, how can we cast our understanding as one that seeks parallels between sonic and visual expression?
These questions serve as guides that have informed the constellation of artworks, ephemera, and music- across geography, time, discipline, and genre-assemble in the exhibition. Just like the title implied, there is messiness, or rather, a complexity to what emerges. By its nature, the African American south is a confluence of culture and cultural consciousness that's African and has European and indigenous, which have hundreds of years been compressed by historical political, and social developments to yield what can be understood as an amalgamation of sonic and visual traditions.
These traditions are embedded in a natural and human-made landscape that contains both the sediment of trauma and resistance to it. Deep cultural repositories are still being mined as they have for centuries, giving rise to a profound sense of place. Even today the urban landscape site is integral to an identity from experiences.
All Photos from @tajidaartist