Where I’m From - A Bree Stallings Experience
This work delineates from her current work and focuses around new practices of installation and experiential creation. The work, installed inside a 6,000 square foot former industrial warehouse, will explore the places in which she's lived: her current home now (in the first year she's lived alone), the childhood homes she was raised in (none of which still exist or belong to family through foreclosure, and a lack of generational wealth) and more abstractly, the primal living areas in which we all enter and navigate the world: her own body and her mother's body.
In all families, there are themes of truth and identity: what do we celebrate? What do we keep covert and hidden? Who makes those decisions and why? In this ever-evolving mythical story space, characters emerge: the migrant mother from Japan (her grandmother), the red clay potter (her grandfather), and the ones without (her parents). The space will feature miniature hanging viewing stations, a "wishing wall", a length of fishnet from which will hang hundreds of her family's mementos, photos, letters, secrets and tales. There will be an open invite for the show participants to do the same, an altar of sorts.
On opening night, renowned poet and spoken word artist Jay Ward will perform his one man show "Things I Would Say" about growing up biracial in the South. More community events revolving around displacement and reclamation to follow.