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Sunday, September 29, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States


The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a lecture and gallery tour with artist Tina Maria Dunkley. This program is free and open to the public.

About the Exhibition

Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey, a multimedia solo exhibition in which Tina Maria Dunkley presents prints, assemblages, and textiles based on her publication, The Merikins: Forgotten Freedom Fighters in the War of 1812. This exhibition is an evocative and visually riveting exploration into the lives of enslaved Africans who escaped bondage and fought for the British during the War of 1812. Through meticulous research into her own maternal ancestry, Dunkley learned of the plight of her ancestor, Ezekiel Loney, and other freedom fighters who fled a Virginian plantation in 1814. Loney was among 4,000 former slaves who, after the war, were settled in South Trinidad and called themselves Merikins, a creolization of “American”. Sanctuary for the Internal Enemy: An Ancestral Odyssey was organized by the Wilmer Jennings Gallery of Kenkeleba House and was made possible with support from the Judith Alexander Foundation, the Lubo Fund, and many other generous friends. The exhibit runs through Sunday, October 6, 2019.

About the Artist

Throughout Dunkley’s career she has investigated the cultural manifestations of the African Diaspora saturated in generations of European thought and consciousness. Spiritual immortality, the innocence of childhood, the struggle with self-image and Black resistance to marginalization are all themes in her work. Often with a specific focus on the female, Dunkley renders the documented and undocumented challenges of day-to-day pan-cultural survival.

Culturally enriched by West Indian parents and inspired by the struggles of African descendants displaced throughout the Western Hemisphere, her work explores the experience and politics of denial that informs much of the history of the Americas. This focus coupled with the sociopolitical insights and outcomes of the so-called American Experience frames the oeuvre of her work.

Though often typecast as a textile artist, formal training in painting, sculpture, and mixed media enables an integration of media to fit her objectives. In actuality, Dunkley is exploiting the possibility of media, which now includes printmaking and video.

NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.

Credit: Lunar Eclipse of 1815: For Colonial Marine, Sergeant Ezekiel Loney of the 4th Company, Royal British Navy by Tina Dunkley 2018 Cyanotype, silkscreen, 35 x 24″

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