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‘The South Got Something to Say’ in public art exhibition

June 7,2021

Felicia Feaster, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Like a cross between finding an exciting new artist on Instagram and the megaphone of a Times Square billboard, “The South Got Something to Say” brings together some of the best and brightest artists in Atlanta for a public art project displayed on digital signs in downtown Atlanta this summer.

The exhibition is curated by Karen Comer Lowe, who worked for over a decade bringing contemporary art to City Gallery at Chastain and is now a freelance curator and art advisor. She’s built a reputation supporting Black artists and in her intimate, revealing Creative Conversations on Instagram she interviews both local talent and big name artists such as Sanford Biggers and Hank Willis Thomas.

The exhibition features the work of 10 established and emerging Atlanta artists: Sheila Pree Bright, Jurell Cayetano, Alfred Conteh, Ariel Dannielle, Shanequa Gay, Kojo Griffin, Gerald Lovell, Yanique Norman, Fahamu Pecou and Jamele Wright.

The exhibition takes its title from OutKast member Andre 3000′s proclamation at the 1995 Source Awards that Southern artists were as vital to the national hip-hop conversation as West Coast and East Coast rappers.

The sentiment also applies to Atlanta’s visual artists, this exhibition asserts.

Read the complete review at the link above.