From February 22-25, 2021, New City Arts presents somewhere on the edge: temporal entanglements, a solo exhibition by LaRissa Rogers at Welcome Gallery featuring work she created during her New City Arts Fellowship.
HOW TO SEE THE SHOW
Walk by Welcome Gallery at 114 3rd St. NE to see LaRissa's work through the large storefront window.
Want to see the work up close? Private, free, in-person viewings are available between February 22-25. Make an appointment here.
MEET THE ARTIST
LaRissa Rogers (b. 1996) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Ruckersville, VA working in performance, video, sculpture, and installation. She received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently pursuing her MFA in New Genres at the University of California Los Angeles.
Rogers’ work looks at the intersections of culture, identity, and embedded forms of colonization expressed through perception and psyche. Combining aspects of memory, history, and personal experience, she delves into what is her Blackness by addressing ideas of hybridity, authenticity, and visibility as an Afro-Asian woman. As slavery's ongoing past continues to inform the present, she uses materials that reference past histories and recontextualizes them to articulate ideas surrounding labor, safety, care, healing, resistance, and resilience.
LaRissa is the Sutton-Wallace Family Fellow at New City Arts. During her Fellowship at New City Arts in February 2021, LaRissa is investigating landscapes in Charlottesville, VA where Black life has been seemingly erased. As she continues to explore ideas of amnesia and what it means to be surviving, she turns to the soil as a living archive and method of Black resistance and breath. By conducting interventions with soil in these spaces, she hopes to begin a conversation around visibility, consumption, land, labor, and marginalized voices.
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The New City Arts Fellowship at Welcome Gallery supports six Charlottesville-area artists from January-June 2021 working on projects related to the theme Next Breath: History, Hate, Possibility, written by Maurice Wallace. During their fellowship, artists are working to address the ongoing impacts of systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic through creative projects that deeply and imaginatively relate to breath as the essence of life and freedom. Each artist receives one month in 2021 to transform Welcome Gallery into their studio space, a $400 honorarium, a stocked pantry with their favorite snacks, and an opportunity to engage the community with their work at the conclusion of their fellowship.
To learn more about these artists and their fellowship projects, visit our website. Opportunities to engage with their work are ongoing from January-June 2021. The New City Arts Fellowship is supported by a Community Recovery & Catalyst grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and Maurice Wallace and Pam Sutton-Wallace.
Images courtesy of the artist.
Located at 114 3rd St. NE, Welcome Gallery is downtown, storefront art space in Charlottesville, VA, run by New City Arts Initiative, a non-profit community arts organization. This same location houses NCAI staff offices and a studio space.
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