In what is shaping up to be an astounding experience in the heart of downtown, Inlight Richmond is tonight, rain or shine, 7PM-midnight. Keep an eye out for the work of local poet Joshua Poteat:
My friend Roberto Ventura and I were chosen (by a curator from the Philadelphia Museum of Art!) to create an installation for 1708 Gallery’s 2009 InLight Festival […] Our installation, entitled “For Gabriel,” involves bringing more attention to the unmarked slave cemetery that lies under a downtown VCU parking lot by honoring those interred there, including Gabriel, the man who led the failed Richmond slave rebellion in 1800 and who was executed and buried along with 26 other slaves.
The space we were given is an old storefront on Grace St. (521 E. Grace, near the new Carpenter Center and behind the new Hilton on Broad). Most of the artists with storefronts are going to have video screens and such in the windows, but Rob and I are going to use our whole space, even though the public cannot come in and access it. It can only be viewed from outside (due to insurance issues). We’ll be using a wide variety of mediums, including film/text projections, burlap, concrete, etc., to create a temporary memorial.