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Photo by Dani & Sheilah ReStack

As partners and collaborators, Dani & Sheilah ReStack make video and photographic installations that explore connections between the domestic and the feral in contemporary life. Their approach weaves together real and mythical understandings of family, intimacy, place, desire and ritual. They often employ aspects of social practice and performance as a means to examine queerness, site-specific histories and human-animal relationships.

"Stack for Martha’s Sisters" is a queer feminist imagining of alternative spaces of being, family and creation. The video installation is intended as a portal of fragmented imagination, through contemplation of past women’s communities, and channeling a horizontal possibility of influence, history and making. The Sanctified Sisters of Belton, Texas was founded by Martha McWhirter in the late 1860s after she had a dream in the kitchen of separating from her husband and making community with women similarly interested. The history of the Sanctified Sisters infuses the installation at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts as the artists used this historical legend, which exists without physical trace except for a plaque in the town of Belton, as inspiration.

The artists returned to their home state of Ohio and visited the Susan B Anthony Womyns Land in Athens, Ohio. The Susan B. Anthony Land was founded in the 1970’s and continues to serve a queer population interested in living or camping rurally. The filming for Stack for Martha’s Sisters occurred in the outdoor kitchen and Star cabin at the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Land (Subamuh) in summer of 2021. The artists, Dani and Sheilah, and their children are part of the creation and interaction with the space of stacking, feral domestic possibility and alternative queer family collaboration.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through October 23.

As partners and collaborators, Dani & Sheilah ReStack make video and photographic installations that explore connections between the domestic and the feral in contemporary life. Their approach weaves together real and mythical understandings of family, intimacy, place, desire and ritual. They often employ aspects of social practice and performance as a means to examine queerness, site-specific histories and human-animal relationships.

"Stack for Martha’s Sisters" is a queer feminist imagining of alternative spaces of being, family and creation. The video installation is intended as a portal of fragmented imagination, through contemplation of past women’s communities, and channeling a horizontal possibility of influence, history and making. The Sanctified Sisters of Belton, Texas was founded by Martha McWhirter in the late 1860s after she had a dream in the kitchen of separating from her husband and making community with women similarly interested. The history of the Sanctified Sisters infuses the installation at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts as the artists used this historical legend, which exists without physical trace except for a plaque in the town of Belton, as inspiration.

The artists returned to their home state of Ohio and visited the Susan B Anthony Womyns Land in Athens, Ohio. The Susan B. Anthony Land was founded in the 1970’s and continues to serve a queer population interested in living or camping rurally. The filming for Stack for Martha’s Sisters occurred in the outdoor kitchen and Star cabin at the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Land (Subamuh) in summer of 2021. The artists, Dani and Sheilah, and their children are part of the creation and interaction with the space of stacking, feral domestic possibility and alternative queer family collaboration.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through October 23.

As partners and collaborators, Dani & Sheilah ReStack make video and photographic installations that explore connections between the domestic and the feral in contemporary life. Their approach weaves together real and mythical understandings of family, intimacy, place, desire and ritual. They often employ aspects of social practice and performance as a means to examine queerness, site-specific histories and human-animal relationships.

"Stack for Martha’s Sisters" is a queer feminist imagining of alternative spaces of being, family and creation. The video installation is intended as a portal of fragmented imagination, through contemplation of past women’s communities, and channeling a horizontal possibility of influence, history and making. The Sanctified Sisters of Belton, Texas was founded by Martha McWhirter in the late 1860s after she had a dream in the kitchen of separating from her husband and making community with women similarly interested. The history of the Sanctified Sisters infuses the installation at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts as the artists used this historical legend, which exists without physical trace except for a plaque in the town of Belton, as inspiration.

The artists returned to their home state of Ohio and visited the Susan B Anthony Womyns Land in Athens, Ohio. The Susan B. Anthony Land was founded in the 1970’s and continues to serve a queer population interested in living or camping rurally. The filming for Stack for Martha’s Sisters occurred in the outdoor kitchen and Star cabin at the Susan B. Anthony Memorial Land (Subamuh) in summer of 2021. The artists, Dani and Sheilah, and their children are part of the creation and interaction with the space of stacking, feral domestic possibility and alternative queer family collaboration.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through October 23.

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WHERE

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery
2900 W. Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76109
https://finearts.tcu.edu/art/events-and-programs/the-art-galleries-at-tcu/

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