As we're all aware, Mississippi is often viewed as a desolate place lacking of culture, art and influence within American Culture. Right Here In Mississippi is a telling of the marvelous things going in Mississippi in the spaces of Art and Culture.
Early morning on March 13th, a small community gallery nestled in Midtown Jackson were preparing to install a historical piece that had only been on display publicly twice before them. Once, in New York and next on a Greek island, Hydra.
AND Gallery is an independent, artist-run space for contemporary and emerging art. They're interested in the accessibility of new and emerging art, facilitating creative experimentation + discussion and supporting emerging artists & disciplines.
Owners of AND Gallery and Volunteers on installation day
FIGA, a room-sized fist made from polystyrene and covered in sugar is a segment from Kara Walker's larger piece, A Subtlety, or The Marvelous Sugar Baby. In 2014 Walker created a gigantic sphinx sculpture made of sugar inside the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, New York, as a tribute to its workers, its 120-year history and with a reference to the long strike that took place there in 2000.
After viewing, A Subtlety, or The Marvelous Sugar Baby was demolished and FIGA is all that remains from the 75-foot-long, 35-foot-high Sphinx. The left hand holds a “fig sign”, both a symbol of fertility and a “fuck you”.
FIGA will be on display at AND Gallery located at 133 Millsaps Avenue, Jackson, Mississippi for the remainder of September, Friday-Sundays for FREE. Schedule your viewing here. Be sure to support AND Gallery by sharing this exhibition with your friends, donating money and visiting! Follow them on social media (@andgalleryjxn), they have some very cool content on the way that includes local artists. Be on the lookout!