Candace Hunter’s “Hooded Truths”, now on exhibit at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC), is both provocative and evocative. The installation makes you catch your breath and, as the artist describes it, is ‘”a painful and complicated affair”.
Hunter has disassembled the African American icons of history and civil rights and expertly weaved them with current day images of injustices leveled against African American youth like Chicago’s Hadiyah Pendelton and Trayvon Martin. The common denominator? They all wear hoodies. Further, her pieces depict how the death of African Americans is played out in states like Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania. Among the most riveting pieces are a branch that represents a ‘hanging tree’ with hoodies swinging from them and a representation of the slaves ships of the middle passage with hoodies representing the slaves.
The exhibit is open through July 12, when Hunter will host an Artist Talk at the Center followed by a Closing Reception. Most recently, Candace called attention to the world’s water shortage and the impact that it has on women and children globally with her series “Dust in Their Veins” at the DuSable Museum.
For more information about “Hooded Truths” or to support the exhibit please call SSCAC at 773-373-1026. Follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag #hoodedtruths
About Candace Hunter
Candace Hunter, a native of Chicago, studied the plastic arts and performance arts at Barat and Mundelein Colleges in the Chicago area. Her early work was what she coined, “non-traditional batik”. Always affronted by the Euro-male created lines of the validity of “art” and understanding that batik was considered either a “folk” or “craft”, Hunter took it to another level that matched the parameters of the Western idea while leaning on the technique and creative force of the African perspective. A child of formally educated parents - a mother with wanderlust, a COBOL speaking father, Candace traveled throughout Europe and northern Africa before the age of ten. Seeing the wee small girl in the corner of the enormous “Night Watchman” at the Louvre, the foot of the pyramids and the ceiling of the Basilica in Rome at such an early age, cemented the idea of beauty, grandeur and of service. Hunter, in her work, has most often created a world in which she honors family, sacred text, or most recently, water scarcity. She often works in series, “Ethi-Oh-My!”, spoke to her love of Ethiopia and Selassie and “Prayer Circles: Sacred Text and Abstract Thought” invited disparate communities to examine art together.
Situated in the heart of Bronzeville for seventy-one years, The South Side Community Art Center grew out of the Work Progress Administration (WPA) Federal Arts Project of the 1930s. Of 110 Federal Art Project’s centers, the SSCAC is the only surviving art center and the oldest African American Center in the country. The center’s mission is to continue to establish the organization as a resource for the art’s community locally and abroad. This is maintained through monthly exhibitions, public classes, in-school educational programming, and events and programming such as an annual trolley tour and speakers series.
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