Sankofa: If Stitches Could Talk



Glynn Visual Arts celebrates Black History Month with, Sankofa: If Stitches Could Talk, a new exhibition featuring works by Atlanta artist, Tracie Lee Hawkins. The word “Sankofa” is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates to “go back and get it”, representing the need to reflect on the past to build a successful future. This concept is evident in Hawkins' work.


Through a series of quilts designed and created each year of the Obama Presidency as well as other historic Civil Rights themes, Hawkins documents and makes commentary on our recent history through her stitches.

As in the case of Gees Bend, quilts carry forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family in the African-American community. The tradition of the patchwork quilt was born of scarcity and resourcefulness, arising in times and places where the shortages of cloth called for the inventive salvaging of fabric scraps and remnants.

In contrast, Hawkins’ quilts take a modern approach and are intricately and artistically planned from the concept to the choice of fabrics and the composition. The use of contemporary processes and materials such as thematically printed cotton and glittery threads, text, mathematically complex designs, along with expert and precision craftsmanship sets these quilts apart.

Hawkins has been published in the International Review of African American Art, Hampton Virginia in 2010, and exhibited her historic Obama collection at the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture at Alabama State University in 2012. Her completed collection of Obama quilts was exhibited at Alabama State University Warren/Britt Gallery in 2013. 


Please join us for this amazing exhibition February 4 – March 6, 2020