Chaun Webster: Urban Memory, the Black American West Museum, and Tameca L. Coleman, Friday, November 3, 2017, 7pm

On Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7pm, Counterpath (7935 East 14th Ave.) is excited to host Chicago artist Chaun Webster for a presentation of his project Echo North. The evening also features a talk by Terri Gentry of the Black American West Museum, and a reading by Tameca L. Coleman. The event is free and open to the public.

Echo North an emerging oral storytelling project beginning in January 2016 lead by Chaun Webster which looks at the ways the geography of North Minneapolis has been shaped by black memory and spatial practices sense the 1930 Hennepin county census. This project’s main concerns are excavating an archive of black presence and spatial practices in North Minneapolis that exist apart from an assumed asymmetrical relationship between blackness and whiteness, other and subject.  The work from this project consists of several interviews, writing, city and county documents, newspaper clippings, photography and the creation of several maps.

Chaun Webster is a poet and graphic designer whose work draws from an interest in the sign of graffiti, the layering of collage, simultaneity, & the visuality of text. Webster utilizes these methods in investigating race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body. Correspondingly much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch, in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic. Webster’s first book, Gentry!fication: or the scene of the crime, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in the April of 2018.

Terri L. S. Gentry is a 3rd generation native of Denver. She is married to Dwight Gentry, with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in African/African American Studies from Metro State College (University) of Denver, and a Master’s Degree in Humanities, focus in Public History and Museum Studies, from the University of Colorado Denver. Terri is an interior designer and business owner of A Terrific Design, llc, and works part time at Joy’s Consigned Furnishings in Denver. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Aurora, CO chapter. She is a volunteer docent and on the board of directors at the Black American West Museum.





Tameca L. Coleman is a singer, writer, massage therapist, itinerant nerd and point and shoot tourist in her own town. She is a current grad student at Regis’ new writing MFA program, and has published work in many genres. She has also performed and recorded music with many different bands. She doodles sometimes and likes dancebreaks.