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2018 Hamblet Award Winner/Alum returns to Vanderbilt with new exhibition

Posted by on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in News and Events.

The Department of Art at Vanderbilt University is proud to open the 2020 new year with the return exhibition from 2018 Margaret Stonewall Wooldridge Hamblet Award recipient, Joshua A. Forges.

kwa:kanaval:kwazyè (translation cross:carnival:cruise) is an installation by Joshua A. Forges that explores Haitian diasporic culture from an autoethnographic perspective. Following his travels to Boston, Miami, Montreal and New York, Forges traced the conditions of Haitian migrations where exiles have continued to flee the island due to civil unrest, natural disasters, and life under a brutal dictatorship. For this project, Forges pieces together “a foreign narrative of woe” that, for him, transforms “confusion into awe.”

Using appropriated kanaval objects, video footage from the celebration, family vacation photographs, and Haitian Vodou imagery, this installation reveals his intrinsic curiosity with objective and subjective heritage, particularly at a time when Haitian identities have increasingly been called into question.

Forges will open his show with a reception on January 9, 2020 in Space 204, the contemporary gallery space located on the second floor of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center. The reception runs from 4pm to 6pm with refreshments provided by the Department of Art.

The exhibition opens on January 9 and closes on January 30, 2020.

Please contact the Department of Art at 615-343-7241 or email with any questions.

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