ARTIST TALK + WORKSHOP “Familial Landscapes: (Re)imagined” at Journey HTX

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ARTIST TALK + WORKSHOP “Familial Landscapes: (Re)imagined” at Journey HTX

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


MARCH 16 – APRIL 30, 2024: Journey HTX hosts “Familial Landscapes (Re)imagined” featuring work by April M. Frazier, an introspective journey of remembrance of what came before on those lands, while (re)imagining the meaning of being present now, in place and time. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Community Artists’ Collective and the Houston Climate Justice Museum.

The artist’s ancestrally connected landscapes bring together the past, present and future of Fayette and Wharton counties, Texas. Archived photographs of her grandparent, great-grandparents and second-great grandparents are juxtaposed against portraits of herself, as she acknowledges her past while looking toward the future.

Frazier is a photographic-based artist who was born and raised in Houston. She creatively combines ancestral photographs and decades of research tracing her roots in Texas to create environmental portraits on lands with familial connection from the time of enslavement to the present. Pairing artifacts left behind like jewelry, bricks, and inherent knowledge with visions of the current landscape, Frazier weaves together her story of becoming the black woman she is. Her art practice converges at the four-way intersection of inherent memory, tethered connection to the landscape, ancestral and historical investigation and lived experience.

In “Familial Landscapes (Re)imagined,” Frazier shifts the traditional environmental gaze to (re)focus on the seven generations of her people who inhabited the rural lands of Texas long before and aims to celebrate their stories through that lens.

From discovering her second-great grandfather Emanuel Roberts acquired over 200 acres of land in Wharton in 1893, to finding the final resting place in Muldoon of her fourth great grandmother Amanda, Frazier strives to (re)imagine and (re)write the visual narrative of the African American in Texas. Familial Landscapes also intersects the work of The Witness Series, a female-led and -curated art experience that explores the profound historical connection that communities of color have with land and invites the (re)turn of those communities to the bounty of green spaces across Texas.

IMAGE: “Great Grandmother Mollie Lee Hughes and Me” by April M. Frazier (courtesy of the gallery)


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