The simple question of “Where are you from?” stumped Charlotte-based artist, software developer and comic book fanatic Jason Woodberry.
Woodberry said he was plagued with confusion, so he delved deep into ancestral tests and tried to uncover his roots. During this exploration, coupled with his interest with Henrietta Lacks, Woodberry said he came to the realization that “African Americans are one of the only minorities in America who don’t have a native language."
Ambiguity, identity crisis and uncertainty lie at the crux of the new exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum: Project LHAXX.
According to the Ackland's Project LHAXX press release, the exhibit features Afrofuturist hieroglyphics, spaceship schematics and augmented reality. Project LHAXX is a sci-fi, futuristic representation of the Black experience in today’s society.
The exhibit was created by a trio of artists, Marcus Kiser, Quentin Talley and Woodberry, who are known collectively as Intergalactic Soul. The essence of the group revolves around the idea of space, science fiction and political issues.
“Imagine civil rights wrapped into Star Wars," Woodberry said.
The exhibit consists of a mural spanning a wall, covered in bright neon hieroglyphics.