We Shall Not Be Moved
June 19, 2020
A Virtual Exhibition of Remembrance as Resistance
Preview the site specific installation and forthcoming work by Charmaine Minniefield, Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives. Get a glimpse into her replica of a Praise House, set to be placed in Oakland Cemetery now Juneteenth of 2021. The work will honor the over 800 unmarked graves recently discovered in the African American Grounds in Atlantas Historic Oakland Cemetery. The final installation will feature a digital projection of a Ring Shout, a traditional African American worship practice with West African origins predating enslavement. This virtual exhibition will give audiences an exclusive preview of the Praise House and a glimpse within as timely prayer and meditation.
Image credits: Minniefield has used photographs in the Langmuir Collection at the Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University, which she is an artist in residence
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Image credits: Minniefield has used photographs in the Langmuir Collection at the Stuart A. Rose Library at Emory University, which she is an artist in residence.
The rendering of the Praise House is provided by Point Office Architecture & Design. The structure will be built by C.D. Moody Construction. Structural engineering support from Shear Structural.
About the Artist
Charmaine Minniefield seeks to preserve Black narratives by creating public art in communities affected by gentrification and erasure. She has completed numerous community murals, and she was recently commissioned by the City of Atlanta to create murals honoring the unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. Recent work also includes projection mapping and site-specific installations. With a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College, Minniefield has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for nearly 20 years, holding positions with the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art, and the Fulton County Department of Art and Culture, and producing projects around art and activism with such organizations as Alternate ROOTS, Points of Light, and Flux Projects. She recently served as faculty for the Department of Art and Visual Cultural at Spelman College and currently serves as faculty for Freedom University, an underground university for undocumented students.