Moving the Margins Artist-In-Residence Program Welcomes Ya La’ford

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Moving the Margins welcomes its newest artist-in-residence, Ya La’ford, who is debuting Embed: the approach at The Corner Gallery.

As a first-generation American, La’ford moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities using the power of art as a universal language. Through ancient artforms like steeped mud cloth, sculptures, prints, paintings and sewing, La’ford creates a multisensory experience, guiding audiences through a tapestry of cultural and spiritual environments. Every stitch and brushstroke tells a story of resilience, identity and belonging, and invites viewers to explore the interconnectedness of our histories. 

We invite you to participate in her journey, Embed: the approach, where each art piece is a portal to exploring the intersection of memory and identity; ancient civilizations and contemporary concepts; and sacred geometries with human belonging.

Moving the Margins’ Artist-in-Residence program has seen unprecedented success. This groundbreaking program, now in its third year, continues to serve as an incubator for artists taking on contemporary themes of justice, leveraging art as a launchpad for dialogue. Each residency allows the artist to collaborate with change agents of Jacksonville to create accessible, immersive art installations and public programming that spark conversation and catalyze our community toward action.

Through a partnership with The Jessie, La’ford’s work is the latest in a series of artist residency projects curated by Moving the Margins and displayed in The Corner Gallery at 40 E. Adams St. in Jacksonville, Fla. Embed: the approach will run through May 8, 2024. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment on weekends and after hours. Additional programming facilitated by Moving the Margins occurs monthly at The Corner Gallery and The Jessie. 


Submitted by: Shawanna Brooks