A two-person exhibition of recent work by Oakland-based artist April Banks and Chicago-based artist Amanda Williams
. In the pair's collaborative debut, re-FABLE
, they use information derived from ancestral DNA tests to explore the gaps that exist between science and history, fact and memory. April and Amanda use photography, video, sound, mixed media installation and works on paper to visualize this liminal space.
The ancestral DNA test isolates a microscopic bit of information (with billions of parts) to explain an entity that has not changed over 35,000 years. The two scales of information are simultaneously massive and acute, leaving much to the imagination. Mismatched pieces of information culled from oral histories, family photos, heirlooms and online databases of historical records is the starting point for the artists. Although these histories are elusive, ephemeral and fading, April and Amanda imagine and fabricate what science cannot tell them. re-FABLE studies this dissonance of both knowing and not knowing.