Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town
George Washington University | Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art, 802 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Exhibition : July 2 - August 3, 2018
Artist Talk : Friday, July 13 | 5:00 PM
Matt Eich will exhibit in Washington DC at George Washington University's Gallery 102. This solo-exhibition is part of the institution's Summer Solo Series, which focuses on contemporary artists. Eich will present work from the second chapter of The Invisible Yoke: Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town. Baptist Town was established in tandem with the growth of the local cotton industry, and is one of Greenwood, Mississippi's oldest African American neighborhoods. The series considers the legacy of race on daily life, and documents a community’s response and grief following the shooting death of a young man from the Baptist Town neighborhood in Greenwood, Mississippi.
I seek to engage a historically divided community in a dialogue about present race-relations in the American South. We must acknowledge that the legacies of racism and segregation continue to impact people throughout our country economically and culturally, in persistent and often pernicious ways. - Matt Eich
Eich spent seven years on this photographic essay. His intention is to bring the work back to the community in the form of a public exhibition. The George Washington University exhibition will be meaningful, but ultimately, the hope is to secure additional exhibition platforms to spark widespread, meaningful dialog and spawn social-cultural reflection and growth.
This fall, Matt Eich will release the second of four monographs in The Invisible Yoke oeuvre with Swiss publisher Sturm & Drang. jdc will be importing copies of Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town. Contact us to preorder Sin and Salvation in Baptist Town.