Creative arthouse Justkids is known for creating immersive experiences around the globe. Owner and curator Charlotte Dutoit presents the third edition of ongoing project The Unexpected, a group show designed to highlight the rich history nestled within Fort Smith.
When speaking on the inspiration behind this endeavor, Charlotte states, “We were interested in putting together more interdisciplinary projects that would get viewers to revisit some of the historic landmarks in Fort Smith, discover hidden gems of the Downtown and participate in the creative process. We give the artists an opportunity to express themselves in an unlikely environment while building a beneficial cultural capital where it’s needed. Right in the heart of America.”
A collection of dynamic creatives joined forces to make this possible. New York artist Doze Green’s The Divine Sparks Project is a metaphysical reinterpretation of life. London artist Lakwena Maciver took to Fort Smith’s Juvenile Detention Center to create a 360° mural titled Still I Rise, inspired by Maya Angelou’s famed poem. Spanish/Argentinian creative Felipe Pantone’s Multistabilitas doubled as a pop-up skate park in front of the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Crystal Wagner, a Pennsylvania-based contemporary artist, created a piece called Lithograph, a public sculpture installation wrapped around the historic Reynolds Davis building in Downtown Fort Smith. Amsterdam collective Circus Family lit up a former sign shop with their mesmerizing light installation Triph. To round out the show, Puerto Rican artist Ana María put forward a solo exhibition titled Feral Kingdom. Get lost in The Unexpected below and read up on the second edition of the project here.