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fri23febAll Daywed08mayEmbed: the approachMoving the Margin's New Artist-in-Residence: Ya La'Ford

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Moving the Margins welcomes its newest artist-in-residence, Ya La’ford, who is debuting Embed: the approach at The Corner Gallery.

As a first-generation American, La’ford moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities using the power of art as a universal language. Through ancient artforms like steeped mud cloth, sculptures, prints, paintings and sewing, La’ford creates a multisensory experience, guiding audiences through a tapestry of cultural and spiritual environments. Every stitch and brushstroke tells a story of resilience, identity and belonging, and invites viewers to explore the interconnectedness of our histories. 

“By disrupting these heirlooms, I aim to further their purpose, adorning them with a lineage that bridges past and present. Utilizing natural materials and pigments, I mirror the traditional process of this ancient art form, seeking to bridge cultures and times, finding the common threads that bind us across boundaries,” La’ford expresses. “As I stretch them on stretcher bars, they transform into picturesque artworks, blurring the boundaries between painting, drawing and sculpture.”

We invite you to participate in her journey, Embed: the approach, where each art piece is a portal to exploring the intersection of memory and identity; ancient civilizations and contemporary concepts; and sacred geometries with human belonging.

Moving the Margins’ Artist-in-Residence program has seen unprecedented success. This groundbreaking program, now in its third year, continues to serve as an incubator for artists taking on contemporary themes of justice, leveraging art as a launchpad for dialogue. Each residency allows the artist to collaborate with change agents of Jacksonville to create accessible, immersive art installations and public programming that spark conversation and catalyze our community toward action.

Through a partnership with The Jessie, La’ford’s work is the latest in a series of artist residency projects curated by Moving the Margins and displayed in The Corner Gallery at 40 E. Adams St. in Jacksonville, Fla. Embed: the approach will run through May 8, 2024. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment on weekends and after hours. Additional programming facilitated by Moving the Margins occurs monthly at The Corner Gallery and The Jessie. 

About Moving the Margins

Moving the Margins’ Artist-in-Residence is a cultural program fiscally sponsored by 904WARD. It represents their mission to foster an environment that builds bridges by providing dialogue and conversations for the Jacksonville community to combat racism. 

About the Artist

Ya La’ford (b. 1979, Bronx, NY) is an artist, educator and foremost a transporter — working between the visual and the complexities of the human community with layered meanings — through a wide range of media including paint, sculpture, installation, video and sound. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from The Art Institute of Boston and also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.

As a first-generation American, she moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities using the power of art as a universal language. La’ford’s mission is centered on creating art and experiences, which exist to immeasurably transform and revolutionize the social, cultural and historic contexts of creative expression within the human journey.

La’ford’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Vinik Family Foundation and Nike. She has notably exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Fine Art, the Asia Contemporary Art Show, Venice Biennale Activation Projects, Yeelen Gallery, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. 

Her work can be found as sculpture, installation, mural design and exterior façades with a focus on the language of geometric design, symbols and ethnography to recreate the connections of a space and the divine intervention paths that preserve our destinies as individuals and as a community.



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