Courtney Adair Johnson
Woven Wind is a multi-layered research project drawing from artistic translations of the Lovell- Quitman archive, which includes extensive Quitman Plantation records and photographs of the Civil- War era. In a time of social and racial reckoning and division in the U.S., Woven Wind constructs an artistic platform for education, conversation, empathy, and healing. Its artistic team, which includes artists Vesna Pavlovic, Mélisande Short-Colomb, Marlos E’van, Courtney Adair Johnson, and musician/artist Rod McGaha, genealogist Jan Hillegas, and historian Woody Register, director of the Roberson Project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation at the University of the South. Archival research, field work, genealogical findings, and conversations with the descendants in Nashville and Sewanee, TN, and Natchez, MS, will inform the outcomes of the project.
Woven Wind is supported by Vanderbilt University Scaling Success Grant, Tennessee Arts Commission Arts Access Grant, Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grant, Vanderbilt University, EADJ, Tennessee State University, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy Catalyst Grant, and The Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at the University of the South, Sewanee.