La Vaughn Belle: Chaney series (a topography of reconstruction) | Downtown Alliance

La Vaughn Belle: Chaney series (a topography of reconstruction)

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Sep 21, 2020 to Nov 13, 2020
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Brookfield Place New York
Free
Collection of eight adjoining paintings by artist La Vaughn Belle, exhibited on the first floor of Brookfield Place (in the corridor to 200 Vesey Street, between Gucci and Tory Burch). A hybrid word combining “china” and “money,” “chaney” describes small fragments of pottery—often blue and white—found on the surface of the soil in the Virgin Islands. The fragments originate from plates, tea pots, and cups imported from Europe and North America as part of the vast transatlantic trade of the last centuries of the second millennia. Originally, this colonial fine china was a display of the wealth resulting from the plantation economy. Now, the remaining fragments have become detritus, broken down into the soil, just like the traded bodies. “Chaney” serves as a reminder of both the colonial past and the fragmented present of Caribbean societies. La Vaughn Belle’s Chaney series examines the process of reconstructing the fragments – charting the loss and the imagination required for repair. As the artist takes the petal of one flower and appends it to the stem of another truncated bloom, and connects and expands geometric motifs, she creates a topography that mirrors the process of identity formation of those who are the descendants of the transatlantic slave trade. Exhibited along with La Vaughn Belle’s vinyl artwork, For Those of Us Who Live at the Shoreline, located in the Winter Garden.
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