Winfred Rembert

 

A native of Cuthbert, Georgia, self-taught artist Winfred Rembert (b. 1945) grew up in the 1950s rural south as the last vestiges of Jim Crow were being challenged by the burgeoning Civil Rights movement. Brought up by his great-aunt, memories of his childhood figure prominently in his work, including backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. He was arrested after a 1960s civil-rights march and survived a near-lynching before serving seven years in prison.

While incarcerated, Rembert learned the art of tooling and dyeing leather, the unique medium for his remarkable artworks. His life and story are explored in the documentary feature, “All Me: the Life and Times of Winfred Rembert,” 2011.

 

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