Alchemy is a philosophical and metaphysical tradition practiced throughout ancient Africa, Asia, and Europe. It aimed to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. The early alchemist were mainly concerned with the transmutation of "base metals" (lead) into "noble metals" (particularly gold); the creation of an elixir of immortality; the creation of panaceas able to cure any disease; and the development of analkahest, a universal solvent! Much of what is known from Isaac Newton's discoveries can largely be attributed to his study of alchemy.
The deeper meaning of alchemy however is about the transmutation of the soul as a result of the achievement of gnosis [knowledge]. Using photographic poetry, The Hood Alchemy Exhibition aims to artfully portray this philosophical concept through the lenses of some of Atlanta's hottest photographers.
Each segment of society has its own version of the alchemical process taking place. None of them however are as visually rich as how this idea plays out in "the hood" (neighborhoods, burrows, territories that we come from). Each photographer delivers a clever and fresh perspective on this ancient tradition. With this exhibition, the "hood" offers its own brand of quasi-science! How exactly does a lump of coal under extreme pressure ultimately form a diamond? How does Hip Hop, Jazz, Graffiti, and many other originally African American cultural contributions bloom from the cracks of quietly oppressive concrete? The Hood Alchemy exhibition puts this concept squarely in it's scope, and offers a visual archive of graphic residue when the dust settles.
Where: South Fulton Art Center
Opening reception: Feb 24th 2018 7pm - 9:30pm
Exhibition closing: April 21st 2018
Gallery Hours after reception: Tuesday through Friday 1pm - 6pm
Presented by: Fulton County Arts & Culture NEXT LEVEL ART SHOW
Curators : AD "Kaya" Clark and Ralph "rEN" Dillard