Friday, Aug 27, 6-9 PM

SOLOS ’21 Opening Night Celebration

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans

Join us for the opening of our 2021 SOLOS exhibition, featuring new, bold works of visual art created by the CAC's 2021 Visual Artists-in-Residence kai barrow, Ellen Bull, J Knoblach, and Keysha Rivera. Admission is Free with RSVP and capacity is limited. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3kbW3HF Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to this event is required for entry. FEATURED EXHIBITIONS "Finding Home Through Textiles" by Keysha Rivera "Finding Home Through Textiles" draws from memory, race, personal history, migration, and Puerto Rican cultural identity within the United States. Through photographs, installations, and videos, Finding Home Through Textiles constructs a visual story of a family legacy that is inherently anti-colonial by its existence. Extracting from her family's choice of documentation: photography, she connects the past and Puerto Rican futurism. "Point Nemo Full of Mermaid Tears Hallowed Be thy Name" by J Knoblach How is time/ Who is space/ Why is the body// Enjoy these masses/ Their volume near your own// Consecrated waste/ Behold// Is the house of Muses drowning/ Who cares?// Who sold us see-through/ But then blamed & said confess// Use your nurdle rosary/ Blush away your blasphemy// Point Nemo/ Is around the corner// Primary colors/ Primary industries/ Petrochemical corridor// Purified// Magdalene was crucified/ Jesus was tr*ns/ God swallowed the world// "Debt." by kai barrow "More Yolks, Less Folks" by Ellen Bull "More Yolks, Less Folks" is a personal investigation of this past year and the witnessing of our communities and ourselves as finely interwoven tapestries, able to hold sadness, fear, relief, and grace simultaneously. Through mixed media instillations, textiles, and film, I have been exploring my sense of isolation, honoring the fragile space for holding hope, finding a sense of abundance despite scarcity fearmongering, and working to create joy where I can. Learn more about this year's artists-in-residence at cacno.org/solos2021