Sonya Clark (Fiber ’95) participated in Unraveling and was featured in Hyperallergic. The performance exhibition within the exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Speed Museum in October 2017. Although Clark has unraveled a confederate flag twice before in 2015 and 2016, it holds a new significance in 2017. This was the first performance under the current presidential administration and since the country has found itself embroiled in debate over the presence and ramifications of Confederate imagery in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past summer. Clark stood side-by-side by participants, shoulder-to-shoulder as they pull each strand of the flag and confront the reality it represents.
“Racial injustice is something that every American contends with, either consciously or unconsciously, and it’s so deeply embedded in the fabric of our nation […] The word “racism” is sort of like a trigger word; you know, it can shut people’s ears off, shut people down, bring people’s defense mechanisms up. So I’m less interested in that, and more interested in picking apart and undoing and understanding the fabric of our nation and trying to really understand the roots of racial injustice,” said Clark.