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February Issue 2010

UNC Asheville in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Kore Loy Wildrekinde-McWhirter

The University of North Carolina at Asheville (NC) will present the exhibit, redhanded: a songe forre the loste, featuring 13 prints and poems by Yancey County, NC, artist Kore Loy Wildrekinde-McWhirter, on view from Feb. 5 through Mar. 2, 2010, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery.
It is said that art imitates life. But in an upcoming exhibition at UNC Asheville, life imitates art. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the artist's unconventional childhood in a religious sect plagued by violence. The content of this exhibition may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The exhibit, redhanded: a songe forre the loste was inspired by Wildrekinde-McWhirter's childhood in the jungles of Paraguay, where she and her family lived in a community based on medieval Anabaptist societies. Wildrekinde-McWhirter and the other children experienced violent physical, mental and spiritual abuse from the adults in the community. The women, made to be totally subservient to the men, did not protect their children. Wildrekinde-McWhirter lived there until she was 10, when her family returned to the United States and settled in North Carolina. Wildrekinde-McWhirter now lives in Yancey County with her partner Bruce Greene.

"redhanded: a songe forre the loste, serves as an enduring record and reminder of not only the children in the Paraguay group but of all children who are forced into a life of horrific nightmares that are only too real to them," said Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head of the department of prints, photographs and architectural collections at the New-York Historical Society. "We are left with some of the most arresting and fearsome images that have been produced in recent years But they are also beautiful, not only in their technical perfection, but in their attestation to what has occurred and the bravery it took to document it."

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listing or call UNC Asheville's Art Department at 828/251-6559.

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