On view February 20 - July 1, 2018

Sonya Clark and a participant unraveling threads from a Confederate battle flag
Sonya Clark, Unraveling, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Sonya Clark ’89 presents Unraveling, a performance in which she and participants slowly unravel a Confederate battle flag, thread by thread. “The intent,” Clark says, “is not to destroy the flag but to investigate what it means to take it apart, a metaphor for the slow and deliberate work of unraveling racial dynamics in the United States.” 

All are invited to participate in the unraveling of the flag during the following events:

A conversation with Sonya Clark ’89, followed by a performance of Unraveling
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Stirn Auditorium, Mead Art Museum

A performance by musicians Darryl Harper ’90 and Freddie Bryant ’87, followed by a conversation with Sonya Clark ’89 and a performance of Unraveling
Thursday, April 5, 1–3 p.m.
Mead Art Museum

These events are part of the Embodied Knowledge Program Series, which aims to explore the ways that artists use the body to imbue their work with meaning. It is organized by Sonya Clark ’89 and Darryl Harper ’90 as part of their residency at Amherst College.

Unraveling with Sonya Clark

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On Feb. 21, Amherst’s visiting artist-in-residence and community members worked side by side to dismantle a Confederate battle flag, one thread at a time.