A 100-year old cotton Ku Klux Klansman robe and hood, and a 200-year old silk antebellum dress have literally and figuratively been taken apart at the seams. The deconstructed fabric sections are then reassembled using blood-red thread as a quilt-like curtain that conceals the tormented ancestry of Americans of European descent andalludes to the restricted, puritanical, and silencing nature of white American domestic spaces. The elements that once bound the garments together—buttons, hooks and eyes, clasps, and the like—as well as every strand of thread that once held the seams together, are displayed in a case as historical artifacts. The fragile, unstitched threads are preserved as an entangled metaphor of interconnectivity that alludes to the myriad ways in which we are all implicated in a system of belief which privileges white over black, male over female, and violence over nurturance.
About The Gallery
JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY is a collective environment of creative visions featuring monthly exhibitions of (inter)national, emerging to established, contemporary artists.