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The Thirteen

Jan. 16 - Feb. 15, 2013

The Morlan Gallery will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, noon - 5 p.m.

"During the late 19th-early 20th centuries, thirteen Black women and girls were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky. The connection between political conflict and violence against women as a mode of ethnic cleansing is unmistakable. In remembering these women and calling out their names, we can now include their deaths as a recognizable part of the pattern of xenophobia which persists today worldwide. Ultimately, we wish to pay homage to these thirteen women and girls by celebrating their lives and their role in our shared state and national history." —Bianca Spriggs

The Morlan Gallery presents The Thirteen, a visual art exhibition and live musical/spoken word performance paying homage to thirteen black women and girls who were lynched or otherwise violently murdered in Kentucky.

The Thirteen feature photographs and video by Angel Clark as well as pieces by Bianca Spriggs including original poetry, pen and ink drawings, and resin skulls.

PERFORMANCE: Don't miss The Thirteen production taking place on January 23, 7:30-9 p.m. in the Carrick Theater, located in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University. Made possible in part by the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Thirteen will feature performances by an ensemble of twelve Kentucky musicians and vocalists paired with spoken word poetry by Bianca Spriggs. This event is free and open to the public. Cash donations will be accepted after the peformance.



Bianca Spriggs is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow. A multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky, Bianca is currently a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky. She holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin. Named one of the Top 30 Black Performance Poets in the U.S. by TheRoot.com, Bianca is a 2013 recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a recipient of three Artist Enrichment Grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of "The SwallowTale Project" a traveling creative writing workshop designed for incarcerated women, and the creator and Artistic Director of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. The author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications) and How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing), Bianca is the current Managing Editor for pluck! The Affrilachian Journal of Art and Culture.



Angel Clark is a Photographer/Filmmaker and creator of the newly formed parkour! Media Design team. She is a native of Richmond Virginia, but after ten years, considers herself an honorary Lexingtonian. Currently, Angel serves as the Director of the Center for HIV Prevention and Community Outreach at AVOL AIDS Volunteers, Inc.. She is also involved in the SwallowTale Project with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association. Angel’s photographs have appeared in pluck! The Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture, The Lexington Herald-Leader, Kentucky Monthly, Appalachian Heritage Magazine, and the UK Appalachian Stories Project.

For more information contact Andrea Fisher, director of the Morlan Gallery
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508 USA (859) 233-8142

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