Constellation CLT is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.
Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in six places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the Morrison Atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine, Level 3 and Level 4, and The Mint Museum Store.
Constellation CLT is generously presented by Fifth Third Bank.
Naji Al-Ali: Borderless
September 16, 2022-January 8, 2023
Self-taught artist Naji Al-Ali was born in Dubai, grew up in Qatar, spent summers in Egypt with his family, and moved to Charlotte in 2017. His works of art are influenced by his travels, Palestinian heritage, and present surroundings. Al-Ali developed an affinity for art early on and was inspired by the work of a politically critical Palestinian cartoonist who is his namesake. The nomad-like freedom of his childhood fed his creativity while allowing him to forge new ideas of place and belonging in various pockets of the world. As an artist, Al-Ali thoughtfully conceives of new worlds and employs symbolism imbued by his own sense of belonging, identity, and faith.
Quynh Vu is a visual artist based in North Carolina, USA. She graduated from Wake Forest University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in studio art. Much of her work reflects the continuous process of attempting to understand her identity as a Vietnamese American woman, an identity that invokes strong sentiments towards both Western and Vietnamese culture and history. Working primarily in 2-D, Vu directly faces the lasting impressions of Western influence on modern social dynamics.