June 13, 2007

The Art Gallery of Knoxville is proud to present a national exhibition that examines the U.S. / Mexico Border and the lives of migrant farm workers and Appalachian families in rural TN.

The project features artwork developed as a result of the community project: Growing Tennessee: Rural Youth Cultivate Common Ground started in 2006 by Telamon Corporation: Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (TMSHS), with the support of Head Start and the Starbucks Foundation.

Through collaboration with professional artists and volunteers, over twenty young people (ranging in age from 11 - 16) from both migrant farm worker families and local Appalachian families have created photographic portraits documenting their cultural traditions.

This exhibition, curated by Growing Tennessee coordinator Jane Crowe, collaborates with sound artist Glenn Weyant who, for the past 20 years, has been transforming the U.S. / Mexico border into electro-acoustic musical instrument through The Anta Project.

SonicAnta is the exploration of sonic boundaries by Arizona sound artist Glenn Weyant. The Anta Project is an enhanced sound collage compiled from covert performances utilizing assorted ephemera that separates the United States from Mexico in the Sonoran Desert. By turning the three-mile long steel wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico into a sprawling electro-acoustic instrument, Weyant's goal is "to deconstruct its purpose and sonically prod the listener into a line of inquiry. Instead of being an implement of division, the wall becomes an instrument of creation with the power to unite."

For more information at http://www.theartgalleryofknoxville.com

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