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The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Galerie Myrtis is proud to announce The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art acquisition of works by Alfred Conteh and Tawny Chatmon

Alfred Conteh
Faruq and Nasir, 2017 
Tawny Chatmon
Deeply Embedded/Thoroughly Rooted, 2016
Alfred Conteh - Two Fronts
"The paintings in this series are visual explorations of how African diasporal societies in the South are fighting social, economic, educational and psychological wars from within and without to survive. The honest and false narratives of history embodied in this series are primarily personified in patinated colossuses that symbolize the culture and realities of the populations they tower over, and the battles we’ve fought and continue to fight. We are at war on two fronts." read full statement
Alfred Conteh, represented by Galerie Myrtis, lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia "Conteh explores his identity and personal history from a number of different perspectives. He is concerned with the way African Americans are dealing with disparities that have been affecting their communities for generations, especially in the southern United States. He is also interested in the wider view of the entire African diaspora."  Visit Galerie Myrtis view more of Conteh's art work.
Tawny Chatmon - Deeply Embedded/Thoroughly Rooted 
"The production of this series involved the use of vintage photographs from a project titled "Africa Through The Lens" via the National Archives superimposed into my subjects coils and curls.

​Deeply Embedded was created during a time where I continued to come across negativity centered around natural black hair & styles. Anger followed by frustration and sadness forced me to refocus that energy into creating work to speak for me as our words fell upon deaf ears."

Tawny Chatmon, represented by Galerie Myrtis and currently based in Maryland. "For Chatmon, her photographs are the first layer which she manipulates and unites with other photographic components. Thereafter she often adds overlappings of gold leaf, paint, digital collage and illustration. Doing so, she produces a work that is more than just a work of photography but a new photographic expression." Visit Galerie Myrtis to view more of Chatmon's art work.

Founded in 2006, The Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF) actively responds to the needs of the communities it serves. The PFF mission is to support education and create opportunity for Americans at every stage of and station of life.

The PFF Collection of African American Art is a targeted initiative to bring focus to the full range of African-American visual creativity and its essential place in the history and discourse of American art.

Image details:
Alfred Conteh, Faruq and Nasir, Charcoal, Conté, and Acrylic on Paper, 26" x 40", 2017

Tawny Chatmon, Deeply Embedded/Thoroughly Rooted, Photography, Photo-Manipulation, Montage and Superimposition, 16" x 20" Limited Edition printed on Hahnemühle paper with 5 cm border , Edition No. 4/4, 2016
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