Barclay in “One House”

Panels Created by Artists and Community Members Pay Tribute to Ancestors’ or Personal Immigration Stories

   Exhibition on View:


  SUNDAY,   NOVEMBER 11th |   2:00 – 4:00 PM  |    FREE

“My submission to the One House show is both to honor my maternal ancestors who struggled to survive in Alabama and as a challenge to the call to artists.  The call states that in the United States we are all immigrants some voluntary and some “involuntary”. I reject language as a way to sanitize the horror of slavery. Slavery is not a form of migration and by not confronting that legacy a disservice is done to those who must  deal with realities of that horrid part of American history.”- Chris Barclay

ArtWatch collective’s One House Project exhibit brings together participants, both artists and community members, who have been given a simple wood panel measuring 12-inches square on which to tell the story of one of their ancestors who came to this country from elsewhere, whether voluntarily or involuntarily. Participants who are themselves immigrants were encouraged to use the panel to tell their own story. Native Americans, who were the first inhabitants of this land, may honor any ancestor whose life story is important to them. ArtWatch Collective will construct an underlying structure — a house — and attach the completed panels to the outside, covering it completely. The One House Project exhibit will also incorporate audio and video recordings of contributing participants.