Among Strangers: Opening Reception
When: Thursday, November 08 | 5:00-9:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs | 1013 Duke Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public! Complimentary refreshments with beer and wine for sale.
Among Strangers: Cuba and Saluda in Conversation is an exploration of what it means to be a stranger. Yulian Martinez-Escobar and Lillian Burke will exhibit a series of collages and photographs that document their connections and conversations throughout their travels in Cuba and Saluda, SC.
Yulian Martinez-Escobar and Lillian Burke are two of the seven fellows participating in the Rural Project— our year around art project for 2018-19, which focuses on the issues facing small town and rural communities of the Southeast in the 21st century. Among Strangers is one of the many upcoming exhibitions and events that will take place throughout the year as part of this initiative.
Yulian Martinez-Escobar lives in Charleston, South Carolina. His avid interests include languages, traveling, and culture, which have defined his artistic style. Yulian first cultivated an interest in the fine arts in his native Colombia as an actor in his college theater company. He later went on to become a self-taught photographer and videographer. He especially enjoys capturing candid portraits of people he meets in his travels, from Scotland to Peru to Senegal and the Gambia. As a foreigner, he wants to explore and document the lives and diverse backgrounds of other people who have ended up in the United States.
Lillian Burke, born and raised in South Carolina, is a filmmaker, animator, and musician. She received her bachelor’s degree in Media Arts from Antioch College in 2016. After finishing college, Lillian moved to her family farm in Saluda, SC where she became fascinated and increasingly invested in the story of the small rural town.
Among Strangers: Cuba and Saluda in Conversation will be up from November 08, 2018 to December 21, 2018.
Left: Lillian Burke, 2018.
Right: From the series Passenger in Transit, Yulian Martinez-Escobar, 2017.