CAM Library Discussion -- Vessels of Slavery in Gloucester, MA: Reclamation
Tuesday, March 21
CAM Library & Archives, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
Registration required for all attendees. Free and open to the public
Vessels of Slavery in Gloucester, MA: Reclamation is a collaboration between five women of color with diverse artistic practices and expertise including public art engagement, fiber artists that create narrative quilts and aesthetic objects, research, teaching and educational curriculum design, and as well as their individual artistic practices. Sika Foyer, IlaSahai Prouty, and the members Susi Ryan, Christle Rawlins-Jackson, and Lesyslie Rackard of Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth (SISJTBC) were brought together by the work of Doris Prouty, an African American quilter who made Gloucester her home for nearly 50 years, when it was exhibited at the Cape Ann Museum Green in 2022.
From March 15 – 21, 2023, the artists will come together in a week-long residency at the Cape Ann Museum and the Manship Artists Retreat & Studios, working with the theme of reclamation to bring collective light to the stories of enslaved people in Gloucester. Slavery is a subject of sorrow, humiliation, and inhumanity for everyone. How to build on such a legacy? How do we come to terms with it, how do we heal from it?
In the discussion on Tuesday, March 21, the artists will invite dialog about their initial discoveries and responses to what they find during their collaborative exploration of the CAM Library & Archives and other local resources. Through this initial residency and the ongoing collaboration, Vessels of Slavery in Gloucester, MA: Reclamation will open up conversation around the history of slavery in Gloucester for all members of the Cape Ann community in a safe and nurturing environment.
When attending the event, please have your ticket ready and present it to a Visitors Services Representative upon arrival.