Gezielt (Targeted): Carla Hamilton
On View: February 23 – April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: February 23, 5 - 7 PM
Community Forum: March 8, 5:30 PM @ The Underground
My latest body of work comes from an experience of walking while black. In March of 2015 I was enjoying a Duluth evening on Superior Street when I was stopped by a cop and accused of bothering my two white friends. My fear from the incident spurred me to request mediation and body camera footage. The mediation process was a great exchange - the officers saw me as more of a person and I saw them as people too. This work comes from processing both the original experience as well as the productive aftermath. We can’t ignore the things that happen and in order to move forward we have to talk.
Carla Hamilton was born in the rural town of Wrenshall, MN but spent nearly 18 years in Stuttgart, Germany, where she studied classic art techniques at the Freie Kunstschule. She returned to MN in 2012 and expanded her use of mixed media, turning from traditional painting techniques to employ repurposed objects including glass, sand, wire, and string. Her artwork is a deeply personal expression of her life experiences, yet carries a political and social charge.
A community forum will concentrate on Hamilton’s exhibit and the issues around race and community policing that her artwork addresses. The discussion will be led by the DAI Artist Services Director, Amber White, and panelists will include Hamilton; the City of Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford; Chief of Police Mike Tusken; and the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)-Duluth, Stephan Witherspoon.