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Fugitive Speech

Fugitive Speech

Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery
Nov. 3, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Featuring seven artworks by three artists — Emily M. Chase, JJJJJerome Ellis and Anita Fields — Fugitive Speech explored acts of personal testimony in the face of social, cultural and historical odds. Through distinct perspectives and approaches to media, including textiles, video, photography and ceramics, the artworks in Fugitive Speech considered the relationship between voice, memory and time.

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Emily Chase, Amnesia (Anterograde), 2021.

Together, the artworks in Fugitive Speech used images, words, sounds and symbols to convey stories of intergenerational pain and hope that slip through the gaps of collective history and personal memory.

This exhibition was supported by George Records, Richard and Glenna Tanenbaum, the Kanady Family, Annie Bohanon, the Chickasaw Nation, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, the Osage Nation Foundation, Ad Astra, Oklahoma Arts Council and Velocigo.


JJJJJerome Ellis, Impediment is Information (video still), 2021. Single-channel video with sound. 14 minutes.

Emily Chase, Amnesia (Anterograde), 2021. Cotton sateen and silk organza screen-printed and sprayed with dye remover​. 44 x 35 inches.


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