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My Family Anti – Autobiography
Artist: Natalya Kochak
Opens: June 2nd | 6:00pm
Closes: June 29th | 5:00pm
SBDAC’s Capital Gallery
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Text, narrative, and image are rooted in our individual and intrinsic cultural realities. Reading is my safe place to attempt to learn about another person’s deepest thoughts and creativity. Reading is a place where the author’s mind and my own mind merge to create vivid stories in color, but also a place where we can become indoctrinated with cultural ideologies, where history can be shaded by non-truths and hypocrisy. My work seeks to break down narratives, taking apart disorienting dialogue in books and looking more closely at images from history. I tell my own story through the lens of a new author. I seek to break down the conventional thought around difficult stories. My own familial history, art history, and conventional history are the source materials I use to contemplate a trajectory forward. Part of my family were Southern enslavers, which inspired My Family Anti-Autobiography. I connected with Paula Whatley Matabane, a blood relative and the descendant of a slave woman and a white man in my family, and was given permission to use our family photos to try to create a new, inclusive family. The other half of my family descended from Ukrainian immigrants. I continue trying to break down conventional thought around difficult stories and discuss the complexities of being an American.