"Nobody is asking anybody to hate their history." Frist's Blood at the Root focuses on implicit bias

Interracial couple built exhibit after discussion
Blood at the Root exhibit at Frist Art Museum.
Blood at the Root exhibit at Frist Art Museum.
Blood at the Root exhibit at Frist Art Museum.
Posted at 5:53 AM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 14:17:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A camper trailer decorated to look like a quintessential grandmother's house is the setting of a new exhibit at the Frist Art Museum. The art installation is about implicit bias.

"That is where all our ideas of America kind of stem from and are passed down through," said Elisheba Israel Mrozik.

Designed by Elisheba Israel Mrozik and her husband Aaron Mrozik, it came about after the interracial couple's conversation about race and hate following the death of George Floyd.

"We had a conversation that made us look a little deeper into what it really is that is wrong with people inside, and how they think and where this hate comes from," Israel Mrozik said.

The artists hope their exhibit Blood at the Root provokes visitors to look at their own personal history.

"Nobody is telling anybody to hate where they came from.
You can still love the people around you, but you can still admit that they were not right and the things they did were not right and that you do not have to continue that," Israel Mrozik said.

The duo said this will be difficult for some and their exhibit might even make some uncomfortable.

"By no means is everybody going to walk away and say 'wow you did a great job,'" said Aaron Mrozik.

This is the first time the Frist has featured an exhibit in the Turner Courtyard.

The mission of the museum is to encourage people to look at the world in new ways through art and the curator said that is exactly what this exhibit does.

"That is kind of the goal of the artists through this interaction.. to help us all maybe open our eyes and see a little bit more clearly and broadly as well," said Katie Delmez.

The exhibit includes an introductory video and a QR code at the exit to connect people to anti-racist resources.

You can view the exhibit Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through November 1.