Foto Relevance is excited to announce Letitia Huckaby for Beautiful Blackness, a solo exhibition opening in conjunction with the Houston-wide FotoFest 2020 Biennial: AFRICAN COSMOLOGIES—Photography, Time, and the Other. In keeping with the Biennial’s theme, Huckaby’s Beautiful Blackness taps deep into the historical entanglements surrounding African American life in the rural American south. Photographs framed in embroidery hoops, reproduced on patterned flour sacks, and sewn into patchwork quilts serve as an elegy for a lost promised land. Landscapes and figurative works combine to depict a people and an unfulfilled legacy.
"The Good Dishes" by NYC-based artist JP Terlizzi integrates memory, legacy, and metaphor with the artist's response to loss. Through colorful still life table settings, Terlizzi offers a visual rumination on the centrality of food and the dinner table to his large Italian family. Growing up, Terlizzi recalls how his mother's "good dishes," like in many families, were brought out only for very special occasions—like the priest coming over for dinner. Over the years, Terlizzi has been tasked with the job of cleaning out the homes of loved ones that have passed away. With "The Good Dishes" series, the artist pays homage to the way in which his family’s fine china has always been an item given to the person that most cherishes its memory and sentimental value. Utilizing the passed down heirlooms of friends and family, "The Good Dishes" celebrates family and togetherness.