Alumnus' Works Accompany "The Narcissism of Minor Differences" Exhibit
Posted 12.21.10 by MICA Communications
BALTIMORE--From Friday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Feb. 13, Marc Andre Robinson '02 exhibits a multi-layered body of work about the anticipation, experience and reflections of visiting his mother's birthplace in South Africa. His solo show, INHERITANCE, is in Fox Building's Meyerhoff Gallery, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., with a reception on Thursday, Feb. 3, 5-7 p.m.
Like many second-generation immigrants, a large portion of Marc Andre Robinson's heritage has been minimized, ignored and even hidden. His mother is an Afrikaner who grew up on a large farm called Witfontein, meaning "White Fountain," just outside Pretoria, which is historically known as the apartheid capital of South Africa. In 1964, at the age of 21, she moved to the United States, became an expatriate, secretly married his father, a black American artist from D.C., and never returned.
With Robinson's recent grant from Art Matters, he traveled to South Africa for the first time. A central element of this new work is a site-specific installation Robinson created while in South Africa. This project, mainly visible from a satellite camera, was inspired by his slowly witnessing over four years, through Google Earth, the demolition of his family's farm and subsequent construction of a golf course in its place. Robinson addresses the idea of transformation within this intimate space of familial origin, which is inextricable from a country still healing from the effects of colonialism and apartheid.
The solo show accompanies the exhibition The Narcissism of Minor Differences, which showcases 18 acclaimed artists who explore the dark side of intolerance using art, historical artifact and documentation, on view through Sunday, March 13.
MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.
Image caption: Marc Andre Robinson '02, Hi Mom, sandbags, site-specific installation, Serengeti Golf Estates, Kempton Park, South Africa, 2010.
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