Wednesday, March 31 at 1 PM Eastern

Presented as part of the forthcoming Faith in Arts Institute

Hosted by BMCM+AC and UNC Asheville, these conversations and interviews with a diverse group of artists, curators, faith leaders, and scholars explore the role of arts in spiritual practice and religious life and the role of spiritual practice and religious life in the arts.

Marie Cochran is an American installation artist, educator, curator, and art writer. She was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia. Her work centers on issues of race and gender from an African-American perspective and explores the dynamics of Affrilachia. She is the founding curator for the Affrilachian Artist Project, an organization that promotes the concept of Affrilachia, and works with artists of color in Appalachia. During the 2020-21 academic year, she was the Lehman Brady Professor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.


Testify, Beyond Place pays homage to the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church as well as its relationship to Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. The year it was made in 2013 marked the 85th anniversary of the process of removal to expand the WCU campus. A marker at Robertson Residence Hall designates the original site of the church and approximately 100 graves. Testify bears witness to this event and provides a context for dialogue regarding social justice and sacred spaces today.

Producer/Director – Marie T. Cochran; Cinematography
Sound Design and Original Music – Kevin Slamon
Editing – Kevin Slamon and Marie T. Cochran

Black Mountain College Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center Faith in Arts UNC Asheville MC Richards