Sophie Sanders was an artist-in-residence at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC summer 2021. She and fellow artists were the first cohort to open up the museum after its pandemic closure:
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Sophie Sanders’ Elsewhere Museum project Nesting and Spreading consists of prayer flags and a flying banner. Her installation mines the museum collection to express the richly material presence of Elsewhere, it’s cultural history and mission, and elaborate on her recent fascination with cyanotype. Sanders responded to the overstimulating experience of the museum by attempting to create a foothold in the space. She selected specific objects and textures in the museum to make photograms on cyanotype fabric, part of a series she has been developing over the past year, and she interspersed some of these forms with her own image collection.
Sanders found an existing “nest” in the former Aviary loft and decided to create photogram prayer flags to hang above the Living Library and the storefront window. Conscious of the ethical and collaborative goals of Elsewhere, its Jewish history, and some of the library content, she invites others to consider the spiritual dimension of this place.
Sanders' Banner Project entitled Falling and Flying in the Living Library was made in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist and dancer, Cara Hagen and Elsewhere’s Executive Director, Matthew Giddings.