The MAC presents K. Yoland: Letters Without an Address
As part of the New Urban Landscape series, The MAC presents Letters Without an Address, new video works by international artist K. Yoland, on view during three receptions. Yoland's video installation at integrates images shot across Dallas with fictitious letters written in response to news reports and historical events.
Letters Without an Address includes footage of the Trinity River, Freedmen's Cemetery, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and a Paupers Cemetery. Although the video footage is all shot in Dallas, the letters leave location, time and context ambiguous. Each letter is addressed to someone who has disappeared or has been forced out of their home for reasons left unknown. The work, influenced by Yoland's research of regional and national news reports, acknowledges the many people in various communities and cities who have been marginalized or excluded. This includes a reference to the artist's home country, England, highlighting its active engagement in selling and owning slaves, and the profit gained even from abolishing it.