Image courtesy of Auburn Avenue Research Library

Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin

Aug 4, 2016 – Dec 4, 2016
Every Mon,Fri12pm – 6pm
Every Tue,Sat10am – 6pm
Every Wed-Thu12pm – 8pm
Every Sun2pm – 6pm


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, hosts "Spatial Trauma and the American Slave Cabin: Intersection of Memory, History and the Architecture of Enslavement," a photographic exhibition by Dr. Curtis Graves. As a direct descendent of Africans enslaved on New Orleans’ Evergreen and Whitney Plantations, Graves artistically explores these spaces with a particular focus on the structures that housed enslaved Africans. Via a well-crafted minimalist photographic aesthetic, this exhibition forces viewers to experience these plantations from the lived visual perspectives of the enslaved. By examining the intentional spatial trauma created by plantation architecture, Graves also encourages viewers to consider the ongoing contemporary marginalization of the memory and history found at historic sites of Black suffering in the United States.



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