Criss-crossing global landscapes of color and ethnic heritage, color-theory speaks to deeply embedded and layered meanings. We look at skin color celebrating color theories speaking to our differences; gradations and variants of the biological element melanin. And how does this element that defines our skin-tone, set into motion so much else? Our communities, our origins, our past and future, our experiences in the present?
Cultural explorations of color find nuanced and sun-drenched Middle Eastern palettes, South American textures and tints abounding in jewel-toned or misted coffee-colors; each doorway opens another warm morning or Aboriginal design in earth-generated hues and tones, travels across oceans to Pre Columbian lands, up to the stars and stones of Native sands of Santa Fe’s adobe walls and old mud churches still tended and mended by Hispanic communities’ hearts and a diverse gathering of faithful, hands in as many skintones as might be imagined.
A “roots” category is a cross “X” cultural journey.The same “X” aswe use in GUILDWORKSdeXgnHYVE. The “X” that marks the “spot” of “other”, that singles us out as different or foreigner, and that means here I have a sense of place and belonging. It is the “X” of MalcolmX. It is alsothe “X” which is the first Greek letter of the word Christ and the symbol for Christians.
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