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Path of Entry

April 16 - June 26, 2021

Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. Remember the moon, know who she is. Remember the sun’s birth at dawn, that is the strongest point of time. Remember sundown and the giving away to night. Remember your birth, how your mother struggled to give you form and breath. You are evidence of her life, and her mother’s, and hers. Remember your father. He is your life, also. Remember the earth whose skin you are: red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth, brown earth, we are earth. Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them, listen to them. They are alive poems. Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the origin of this universe. Remember you are all people and all people are you. Remember you are this universe and this universe is you. Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you. Remember language comes from this. Remember the dance language is, that life is. Remember. — Joy Harjo, “Remember”

Path of Entry is a group exhibition featuring the work of Bethany Johnson, Chintia Kirana, Hyomin Kwon, Joe Ren, Laura Lucía Sanz Giraldo, and Karen Stentaford. “Remember,” a poem by Joy Harjo, the first Native American United States Poet Laureate, serves as inspiration and a starting point for Path of Entry, which features works dealing with the environment, the process of reflection, and remembering.

Path of Entry explores the idea of “environment”– the natural and the in-between spaces, as well as the complexity of human communication. It examines the effect of change on the built environment and the evidence of past history. It investigates the relationship between reality and representation, both what it is and what we envision it to be.

The exhibition is a visual meditation on our natural world and our human attempts to capture, understand, and translate natural phenomena. It explores environments and images that oscillate between the abstract and the concrete, the ideal and the real.

Path of Entry is curated by Chintia Kirana, in partnership with Expose Art. Kirana is a multidisciplinary artist and art activist. Throughout the span of a decade, her work has been featured in solo, group, and juried exhibitions across the United States and abroad in venues such as Whitney Museum of American Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Dhaka National Museum of Art, Sienna Art Academy, Zhou B Art Center, ISE Cultural Foundation, and Czong Institute of Contemporary Art, among others.

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Expose Art is an arts organization dedicated to launching artistic initiatives and collaborations in order to shape the cultural landscape of our time. Expose Art works in partnership with Expose Art House and MAP (Montgomery Arts Project) to create an all-inclusive forum for creative minds to openly share their diverse, unique views on the role of art in society by providing opportunities for creative residencies, workshops, exhibitions with local and regional partners, and more.

Exhibition programming for 'Path of Entry' has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.