Itshanapa: An Artist Talk & Book Launch at beverly

Posted by Fort Gondo on March 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Itshanapa: An Artist Talk & Book Launch at beverly


Join us this Saturday, April 5 from 2-4 PM for an artist talk, reading and book launch for Dail Chambers.

at beverly (3155 Cherokee Street)

Dail will discuss her current exhibition at beverly (Itshanapa: A Surreal Sankofa Experience, on view through April 19) as well as her overall studio practice. This event will also serve to launch her new book – Itshanapa published by Bailey Girls, LLC – from which she will give a reading.

For more information about Itshanapa the book – and to purchase an advance copy – visit:!dail-chambers/c1k9x. Books will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

about the exhibition: 

Itshanapa: A Surreal Sankofa Experience traces the artist’s search for self-identity through her past, present and future using the principle of the “sankofa” – a Ghanaian term that denotes the necessity of reaching back in order to move forward. Beginning with a quest to locate her grandmother’s grave in Washington Park Cemetery (Berkeley, Missouri), Chambers assembles a make-shift personal history through collected artifacts, poems, and collaged artworks that attempt to make sense of her forbears’ unrecoverable absence. Taking inventory of her present through self-authored word searches, journals and a renaming process – wherein the artist and a group of close peers selected “Itshanapa” as her new identity – Chambers moves into the future stripped of arbitrary signifiers and with a freshly intimate sense of organic materials’ transformative potential. Itshanapa’s future is a space of weightless copper and gilt mountainscapes – of rigorous crafting and attentive stewardship – that embody elegant strength and transcendence through women’s many forms of marginalized labor.

about the artist: 

Dail Chambers is a multidisciplinary artist and founding member of Yeyo Arts Collective, a women’s arts and wellness center that includes the GYA community gallery. Chambers received her BFA from the Memphis College of Art and has participated in numerous independent programs and residencies, including The Community Arts Training Institute and the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute (New Orleans, LA). Her artwork has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Art Gallery, St. Louis; St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley; the Vaughn Cultural Center, St. Louis; and the Urban Art Retreat, Chicago, IL, among other venues. In 2011 she received Grand Center, Inc‘s Emerging Artist Visionary Award. She currently lives and works in St. Louis.

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3151 & 3155 Cherokee Street

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