History of the soul

History of the soul

at Paris Internationale

October 17, 2018 – October 21, 2018

Atlanta Contemporary will be exhibiting History of the soul, a collection of artworks compiled by Daniel Fuller, our curator, at to be shown at Paris Internationale. Paris Internationale is an annual art fair located in Paris, France, created in 2015 to showcase emerging galleries and artists.

History of the soul is based around the book Bobby, by Keith A. Smith. Created in 1983 and published by Nexus Press, Atlanta in 1985, Bobby is about a young boy’s solitude while remaining in the closet. The boy falls in love with his shadow, a black version of himself. The two are one, and yet forever forbidden. Forever one half of a whole, never able to live out loud. Living in the conservative America, there are frequent reminders that same-sex love interracial desires are around the corner; you just have to know which doors to open.

Five artists and a selection of a television program’s archives, art, and ephemera will occupy the space at Atlanta Contemporary’s booth and declare themselves present. Voices emerging from deep seclusion, however politically obscured or disembodied, announce their very existence with the greatest consequences.

This exhibition is located at 16 Rue Alfred de Vigny, 75008 Paris. Learn more about the Paris Internationale on their website.

About the Paris Internationale

Paris Internationale was established in 2015 as an innovative alternative to traditional art fairs and with the goal to support a young generation of galleries. In only three editions, it has developed into a vital instrument for promoting the work of emerging artists and rediscovering more established figures. Dedicated to raising the level of discourse in the context of art fairs, Paris Internationale keeps its participation costs as low as possible to encourage risk taking and to present its audience with exhibitors at the forefront of contemporary practices.

Responding to our current political climate and faced with challenges that redefine what it means to live together, PI was built on principles of openness and inclusivity. The fair and its public programs are accessible for free and welcoming to all.


Guy Church

A self-taught artist from Madison, Wisconsin,Guy Church’s intricate drawings are rendered in pen, ink, graphite, charcoal, and colored pencil. Inspired by his love for the history of Western painting, Church began to make drawings in 1986. His subjects are most often everyday people, in particular children, which Church depicts in engaged in various enigmatic states of fantastical play. His drawings almost exclusively depict scenes of young people involved in domestic activities, often in solitude. Lost in play, reading, typing, and drawing, the adolescents represented are self-determining. Adults, when depicted, loom benignly. Church’s work has been shown at Atlanta Contemporary, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, the Natasha Nicholson Gallery in Madison, Tops Gallery, Memphis, TN and recently became part of the collection of the Brooks Museum in Memphis.

Jessie Dunahoo

Jessie Dunahoo (1936-2016) was born in St. Helen’s, Kentucky - roughly eighty miles southeast of Lexington. Deaf since birth, Dunahoo additionally lost his vision at a young age, but that didn’t prevent him from the normal preoccupations of boyhood; exploring, fort-building, and other creative pursuits. The support structures for people considered to have a disability in the 1940s (particularly in the rural South) were even more limited than they are today. As a result, Dunahoo was mostly left to his own devices but afforded the artistic freedom to explore and create within the boundaries of the family’s home and land. Using various fences and trees, he would hang intersecting lines, ropes, and wires that could be grasped and threaded, creating a 3-D map he used to navigate outdoor space. Some of these paths led him through the woods and into a space his nephew refers to as “Jessie’s place,” an area once covered with his sewn awnings and decorated with handmade furniture built using things scavenged around the farm. Dunhaoo eventually moved into a state-operated group home in Lexington. As before, the artist continued to construct his environmental sculptures which evolved into complex sewn structures made of found materials, including grocery bags, fabric samples, pieces of old clothing, and twine. Through an interpreter, Jessie described his works as shelters, and they were strung about his home and yard, covering the walls, floor, and ceiling. Dunahoo was keenly aware that others viewed and evaluated his constructions and was always delighted to play the docent, escorting interested viewers in and around his creations. Until his death in May 2017, Dunahoo worked five days at studio space called the Latitude Artist Community in Lexington, Kentucky.

Eddie Owens Martin

Eddie Owens Martin, a self-taught Southern artist, drew inspiration from many colorful cultures to develop the 7-acre, internationally recognized visionary art environment known as Pasaquan.

Katya Tepper

Katya Tepper (b. 1987, West Palm Beach, FL) has had solo exhibitions at The Hand, Brooklyn, and Species, Atlanta. Her work has been recognized with a 2016 Wynn Newhouse Award and a 2017 MacDowell Fellowship. Tepper earned her BFA from the Cooper Union in 2010 and now lives and works in Athens, GA.

Keith Smith

Keith Smith’s (b.1938) work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Center of Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London among others. Smith has authored nine books on bookmaking, among them; 200 Books, An Annotated Bibliography, published by Keith Smith BOOKS, First Edition, May 2000; Books without Paste or Glue, Non-Adhesive Binding Volume I, The Sigma Foundation, Inc., 1991; and Structure of the Visual Book, First Edition, The Sigma Foundation, 1984.

American Music Show

The American Music Show was an Atlanta, Georgia, public access cable TV show produced from 1981-2005. The weekly program featured musical performances as well as comedy skits, interviews and remote reports from Atlanta clubs and arts events. The unscripted and unedited show was recorded in private homes and co-produced by Dick Richards, James Bond, Potsy Duncan and Bud “Beebo” Lowry. Drag performer and actor RuPaul made his television debut on the American Music Show.


16 Rue Alfred de Vigny
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