Heritage Caretakers of Moravia

Feb. 27 – June 14, 2020

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Feb. 27 - June 14, 2020

Smith Gallery

Heritage Caretakers of Moravia will tell the story of the incredible women who wear and use folk art practices in their daily life. The exhibition is presented through the eyes of Czech-American artist, Sonya Darrow, who worked with the women in south Moravia in order to preserve cultural heritage for future generations, and to use their stories to inspire Czech settlements in the USA. The exhibit also explores the current state of the folk art movement to keep the ‘everyday’ folk dress (všední kroj) along with the working folk dress (pracovní kroj) from disappearing, and to discuss the topic of sustainable folk art practices.

The exhibition is in connection with the book “Víchernice” created by Jihomoravská komunitní nadace (Moravia, CZ) with photography by Líba Taylor. So, what does víchernice mean? It used to describe a woman who proudly cares about her looks, but who is also industrious and a hard worker. Allegedly, the word víchera is an expression for rural pride. And as we know now, these women have a good reason to be proud; they kept the heritage of their ancestors alive for us.

Sponsored by:

Jihomoravská komunitní nadace, Nadace Veronica, ALBAform Inc, Výtvarná folklorní akademie Břeclav, and moravianbook.com

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