Syrian border soup kitchen, Kilis, Turkey,2014, Todd Drake 


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I have just returned from Turkey where I did some preliminary research on a future project with Syrian refugees. This youth was at a soup kitchen run by Kimse Yok Mu, 2014, Kilis, Turkey. Todd Drake 

My new series, Silence is a language, looks at what silence communicates, how it controls,  helps, and hurts. From personal experiences to global human rights threats and in this day and age of mass communication, silence is still an often used tool in human communication.  

I am collecting narratives for possible inclusion in the series. Please contact me if you have a story of how silence has effected your life, either positively or negatively. 

Portrait of Nery Castaneda Valenzuela. ( In 2007, here only one month, undocumented, and 15 years old, Nery was  hired by a landscaping company where his older brother worked. While feeding a wood shredder, alone and untrained, he fell into the machine. Fellow undocumented employees were shocked when only the top layer of the mulch pile was cleared off and burned. The rest was used to landscape. The image of Nery seen beneath the wood chips comes from a photo that still hangs in the work shed. ) 2013, HELP Series. Todd Drake 


Memorial to the unknown worker (installed in Rockingham County tobacco field), 2013, HELP series , Todd Drake


Memorial installed in front of canal system dug by slaves near Somerset Plantation, outside Columbia, NC, 2013, Todd Drake 


selected exhibitions 


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC


Remote Sites of War: Todd Drake, Skip Rhohde, Christopher Sims, at Fine Art Museum,  April 10-May 30, 2014, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 

Double Vision - Perspectives from Palestine, March 3-28, Curtis Harley Gallery, University of South Carolina Upstate

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain


"The Stories We Tell" Workshops and exhibition,

International Academy of Art-Palestine, Ramallah

American House, Jerusalem

Immigration and Refugee Day Exhibition

UNCG, Greensboro, NC 

Reorienting The Veil Exhibition and Conference, 

UNC, Chapel Hill, NC 

Elon University

Elon, NC 

Zones of Contention

Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC 


Mathers Museum

Bloomington, ID

Heart Mountain (Site of WWII Japanese Interment Camp)

Powell, WY


Group Exhibition

Dhahran, Saudia Arabia

Bahrain Center of Art, Manama, Bahrain

Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke University, Durham, NC

New York University

New York, NY

Rhode Island School of Art and Design

Providence, RI


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