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Outdoor Digital Exhibit Celebrating Atlantan Artists Is Scattered Across Downtown Atlanta

By Jack Rattenbury

The South Got Something to Say is showcasing some incredible public art across Atlanta.

Arts & Entertainment Atlanta are hosting their second-ever digital exhibit entitled The South Got Something to Say. The exhibit made its debut on June 1 and will be running until July 31.

Curated by Karen Comer Lowe, work by 10 Atlanta-based artists will be featured on four A&E Atlanta digital signs throughout Downtown Atlanta.

Credit: Arts & Entertainment Atlanta

The name of the exhibit was inspired by the words of legendary Atlanta-based rapper Andre 3000, part of the southern hip hop, superstar duo Outkast. The rapper said the iconic line in a 1995 acceptance speech at the Source awards.  This phrase issued a proclamation about the rising impact of Atlanta as a city.

And that statement runs true in this incredible exhibition, which is a recognition of the visual culture of Atlanta and the people who contribute to that culture. A culture that has a huge influence on music, film, and politics.

In an official statement, Lowe said: “As a native of Atlanta, who has seen and experienced the shifts, changes, and expansion of the culture of the city.  I want the focus of this exhibition to be a visual celebration of those enriching creators who are contributing to the ever-changing footprint of the Atlanta Cultural community.”

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She added: “This digital exhibition invites artists to express their view of the south outside of the dominant perspective and to explore Southern values through the visual narrative from artists living and working in Atlanta.”

Artists involved in the project include  Shanequa Gay (above) , Sheila Pree Bright, Jurell Cayetano, Ariel Dannielle, and Jamele Wright. For the full list, check out Arts & Entertainment Atlanta’s website.

Featured Image: Arts & Entertainment Atlanta (aeatlanta.com) Jurell Cayetano: Rochelle & Brittany, 2017. THE SINTOSES