A multimedia installation of a Ring Shout

About the Project

Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives honors unmarked graves in the African American Grounds of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery through the multi-media installation of a Ring Shout, a traditional African-American worship and gathering practice whose origins in West African ritual and ceremony predate slavery.  The project celebrates the endurance of these traditions in contemporary spaces of worship, music, and movement as testament to the resilience of a people.  The installation will include: a replica of a Praise House (small wooden structure), exterior projections to create a moving depiction of the Ring Shout, and an interior installation that evokes the visual ceremony. 

From its roots in West Africa, the Ring Shout was reborn during enslavement in the West in resistance to laws prohibiting those enslaved from gathering, except for worship, and forbidding any form of cultural expression, including drumming.  In response, those enslaved created Praise Houses throughout the Southeast. As an act of resistance, congregants gathered in circle to stomp or shout (full body rhythmic movement) upon the wooden floors, ultimately creating a communal drum, secretly preserving traditions.  These spaces were the first Black churches in the West.    

When and Where
The project will open Juneteenth 2020 as Oakland Cemetery completes the restoration of the African American Grounds.  The installation will be preceded by a year of supportive programming.    

About Charmaine Minniefield
Charmaine Minniefield seeks to preserve Black narratives by creating public art in communities affected by gentrification and erasure.  She has completed numerous community murals, and she was recently commissioned by the City of Atlanta to create murals honoring the unsung heroines of the Civil Rights Movement.  Recent work also includes projection mapping and site-specific installations.  With a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College, Minniefield has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for nearly 20 years, holding positions with the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art, and the Fulton County Department of Art and Culture, and producing projects around art and activism with such organizations as Alternate ROOTS, Points of Light, and Flux Projects.  She recently served as faculty for the Department of Art and Visual Cultural at Spelman College and currently serves as faculty for Freedom University, an underground university for undocumented students.

About Flux Projects
Flux Projects produces temporary public art projects that connect and grow artists and audiences in Atlanta through the creative power of place.  With Remembrance as Resistance, we continue our commitment to projects that connect deeply to the history of Atlanta while engaging current issues, and to supporting artists by commissioning works that allow them to take risks and grow their practices.  We work with artists at all stages of their development, but we have a particular interest in working with artists at times when the opportunity can bring substantial growth in their careers.  We believe this is such a moment for Charmaine Minniefield.    

Your Support
Your contribution will support artist fees, including Charmaine, a filmmaker, and performers, as well as production costs, including construction of the Praise House and rental of video equipment. 




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