Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives
June 19 @ 8:00 am - July 11 @ 8:00 pm
From Saturday, June 19, through July 11 in commemoration of Juneteenth, Flux Projects will present Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives, honoring the unmarked graves in Oakland’s historic African American Burial Grounds
Through this project, Minniefield celebrates the Ring Shout, a traditional African American worship and gathering practice, whose origins in West African ritual and ceremony predate slavery. Minniefield explores evidence of its survival in contemporary dance, music, and spoken word as a testament to the resilience of a people.
Visitors to Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds can examine a replica of a Praise House, a small wooden structure used for worship. The Praise House will include a multimedia installation of the Ring Shout with video projections on the interior of the building and a sound installation emanating from the structure over the newly restored section of the Cemetery.
Reserve your viewing time
To ensure the safety of audience members during COVID, a limited number of people will be admitted into the Praise House at a time.
- Walk-ups will be accommodated if there are open slots.
- The Praise House is an indoor space. People are encouraged to wear masks according to CDC guidelines.
- The Praise House and sound installation, along with the historic setting of the African American Burial Grounds, can be enjoyed outside.
- Accessibility: The project is wheelchair accessible, though as a historic site, not all areas of Oakland are wheelchair accessible. The main entrance is paved with cobblestones. Both the East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate have either a step or curb. Those with mobility issues are invited to park within Oakland’s grounds for easier access. Please contact FLUX Projects with questions or to make special arrangements at email@example.com.
- Parking: Free parking is available in the lot outside Oakland Cemetery’s main gate at 248 Oakland Avenue @ MLK, Jr. Drive.
- Directions: Signage will direct you to the project within the cemetery from any of the three cemetery gates.
We’ll also be offering free tours of Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds during the run of the project. Learn more and reserve your spot.
About Charmaine Minniefield
The work of artist-activist, Charmaine Minniefield preserves Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. Firmly rooted in womanist social theory and ancestral veneration, her work draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora, to explore African and African-American history, memory and ritual as an intentional push back against erasure. Her creative practice is community-based as her research and resulting bodies of work often draw from the physical archives as she excavates the stories of African-American women-led resistance and spirituality and power.
Minniefield’s recent public works which include projection mapping and site-specific installation, insight dialogue around race, class and power. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, she incorporates other art forms to virtually bridge the past to the present. Recent projects include the mounting of “Remembrance as Resistance” during the 2018 Symposium on Race and Reconciliation presented by her alma mater, Agnes Scott College, which opened with the removal of two Confederate monuments from campus grounds and closed with the work as backdrop for the closing talk by Alice Walker on art and activism.
Minniefield’s work is featured in a number of public and private collections, and as a muralist, her walls can be seen throughout the City of Atlanta and beyond. She was honored by Mercedes Benz as a part of their Greatness Lives Here campaign. She and her recent mural in Brooklyn, depicting women who shaped the future, is featured in the 2020 US Census commercial. Minniefield recently served as the Stuart A. Rose Library artist-in-residence at Emory through a collaboration with Flux Projects.
About Flux Projects
Flux Projects produces temporary public art projects that connect and grow artists and audiences in Atlanta through the creative power of place. These projects disrupt the everyday and inspire imagination, wonder and awe. They support artists to take risks and grow their practices whether they are internationally acclaimed or producing their first public work. They create communal spaces for people of all walks of life. And they bring a location’s past, present and future into conversation in ways that open our eyes to new possibilities. Flux Projects gives art the space to transform. www.fluxprojects.org