ARTSpeak: The Paper Twins share visions of Mississippi and Peru

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SATURDAY: Get This! Gallery hosts the opening reception for the Paper Twins's new exhibitions, Gone With the Twins. Image courtesy the artists and Get This! Gallery.

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Episode 26: Jeremy Abernathy speaks with the Paper Twins, the female street-artist duo whose new exhibition Gone With the Twins opens at Get This! Gallery from 7-10PM this Saturday, May 21, 2011. (The interview will also appear in Scout Mob‘s Wednesday newsletter as this week’s Culture Hunter feature.)

The Paper Twins arrived on the scene in 2008 when their signature wheatpaste designs began appearing on public walls throughout Atlanta. Since then, they’ve firmly established themselves as the city’s foremost female street-artist duo. Although they’ve exhibited their artwork indoors at MINT Gallery and with groups such as Dashboard Co-op, their new show opening at Get This! Gallery this Saturday is more personal and more autobiographical than anything the Twins have shown before.

The two ladies initially met at a local coffee shop where they began exchanging stories about their families and experiences growing up. Working under the pseudonyms of Edgar and Nica, the Paper Twins come from totally different backgrounds: Edgar’s family hails from rural Mississippi, while Nica grew up in Lima, Peru. The title of their exhibition, Gone With the Twins, playfully references the famous Southern classic while advancing the serious, but heartfelt, premise that there’s more than one way of being Southern — whether you’re from the American South or from South America.

The exhibition is presented as part of the Westside Arts District Third Saturday Art Walk with events throughout the day.