"Leaf by Leaf" Exhibition
About the Exhibition:
“Leaf by Leaf” at the Chicago Artists Coalition
Inspired by the prose of Saint Lucian poet Derek Walcott, Leaf by Leaf presents three Chicago-based artists examining geography’s connection to power, placemaking, and cultural identity. Through the media of photography and installation, Whit Forrester, India Martin, and Yasmin Spiro explore how experiences specific to diasporic communities are inscribed into postcolonial topographies and their natural ecosystems. In Leaf by Leaf, portraits of house plants referencing botany’s colonial history are in dialogue with sublime landscape photographs of Hawaiian foliage, or contrasted against repetitive grids patterns woven into sculptures inspired by urban development in Kingston, Jamaica. By exploring elements from organic environments--wood, gold, sunlight, bodies of water, plant life--and human-made materials from urban cities, they forge connections across transnational borders and ancestral homelands.
Whit Forrester, India Martin, and Yasmin Spiro draw from the frameworks of decolonization, systemic power structures, postcolonial ecology, social politics and ritual to understand cultural diasporas as networks of connected identities, not fractured communities. Together, artists in Leaf by Leaf challenge narratives surrounding colonialism and imperialism to demonstrate how our relationship to the living world is the conduit that has allowed us to exist as a moving organism of interdependent, diasporic relations.
Leaf by Leaf is curated by Sabrina E. Greig.