The Power Plant Gallery is pleased to welcome Vonnie Quest as our summer #PPGArtist from May 28-July 6, 2019. While in residence, Vonnie plans to continue work on his project Mae in the Midst of a Summer, which recounts the unsolved murder of his maternal grandmother, Mae Ethel Turner, killed in 1996. Through an interactive zine, experimental film, and collaged works, combining photographs from childhood with present-day images, Vonnie seeks to imagine his grandmother’s would-be-existence in the present. Using two familial leather photo albums, Vonnie will also explore the role of the album in creating memory and meaning in Black families.
As part of his residency Vonnie will have 24/7 access to the 1500-square-foot Power Plant Gallery as his studio, plus a $750 stipend. The public is encouraged to engage with Vonnie during open studio hours. Vonnie will also curate a cinema art program as part of his ongoing Afro+ProjectionLAB, which screens finished and in-progress experimental films made by Black media artists. More information on studio hours and the screening program will be made public at a later date. Check out Vonnie’s latest experimental short, Remnants of a Room, which recently screened as part of the first Smithsonian African American Film Festival (October 2018).
Devon Smith better known as Vonnie Quest (b. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1991) is an interdisciplinary documentary artist, whose work considers the various ways that ingenuity manifest in everyday life. Working in various material and mediums, Vonnie situates his work within the sphere of collage, documentary, and experimental cinema practices and is influenced by family history, Surrealism, and Hip Hop. When he is not making work, he is spending time with his wife and two children in Durham, North Carolina.