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Collection of video interviews and photographs to be Emporium Center
By Jeaneane Payne

A collection of video interviews and photographs entitled "Looking at the Dark" by Knoxville artist Alex Merchant will be exhibited on the north side of the Balcony at the Emporium Center. The exhibition open on Friday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m.

Alex Merchant was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His work explores city spaces, urban systems, and the communities that live in these places. Merchant recently spent time in India interviewing artists who identify themselves as Dalit—the historically disenfranchised group of the Indian caste system. While caste-discrimination has been abolished for many years, it still resonates with most Indians. With an ever-growing middle class, the Dalit discussion has become more complex. Through a series of video interviews, artists and activists give a look into their art practices, their family life, and their communities. Merchant's exhibition will feature video and photography captured in the artists' communities.

"Looking at the Dark" will be displayed in the Balcony at the Emporium Center, 100 S. Gay Street, from September 7-28, 2012. An opening reception will take place as part of First Friday activities on September 7 from 5:00-9:00 PM with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM with additional hours on Saturday, September 8, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Published September 3, 2012

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