In a collaboration between the Parish of St. John the Baptist and Oregon Episcopal School, Portland artist Anne Mavor presents “I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression.” The exhibit is designed to spark reflections on identity and family history, and is part of a continued commitment to build community awareness and ownership of equity and inclusion through storytelling and reflection.
Please join us for a multi-disciplinary installation of 13 life-size photographic self-portraits that explore Anne’s European-American heritage, her family, and their role in the history of race, class, colonization, and genocide. Anne’s ancestors, real and imagined, span more than 2,000 years from the Celtic Iron Age to present-day Portland. The 7′ x 5′ portraits, taken by Anne’s daughter, Jane Keating, and printed on fabric panels, are accompanied by short audio diaries from the perspective of each ancestor.
Viewers who wish to respond to the work can post at a sharing station.