UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS + PROJECTS


 

In-Significations (Part I) / Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam / Havana, Cuba

2nd May - 29th May 2017

In-Significations is an exhibit that will debut at the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art in Havana, Cuba as an extension of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2016. The exhibition offered a revision and re-engagement with the history and historicity of representations of black bodies as subjects of art by inviting contemporary artists from Africa, Europe and the Americas to translate and re-stage a collection of sculptures and paintings depicting ornamental black bodies associated with decorative art known to us as “Blackamoors.” Embedded within centuries-old discourses, cross-cultural encounters, and artistic productions shaped by migration, conquest, servitude, and exile, these objects presented a rich opportunity with which we deconstructed, compared, and contextualized myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. 

 In-Significations extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, InSignifications will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, our proposed exhibition will illustrate how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world. 

Curated by Awam Amkpa.

 

Black Exodus: Act I / Amar Gallery / London, UK

12th September - 23rd October 2017

Further details regarding the Exhibition to be Announced.

 

In-Significations (Part II) / The Cooper Gallery / Harvard University, MA

January - April 2018

In-Significations exhibition will travel onto The Cooper Gallery (Harvard University), as a continuation of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2016. The exhibition offered a revision and re-engagement with the history and historicity of representations of black bodies as subjects of art by inviting contemporary artists from Africa, Europe and the Americas to translate and re-stage a collection of sculptures and paintings depicting ornamental black bodies associated with decorative art known to us as “Blackamoors.” Embedded within centuries-old discourses, cross-cultural encounters, and artistic productions shaped by migration, conquest, servitude, and exile, these objects presented a rich opportunity with which we deconstructed, compared, and contextualized myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. 

 In-Significations extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, InSignifications will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, our proposed exhibition will illustrate how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world. 

Curated by Awam Amkpa.

 

Black exodus: Act II / Aicon Gallery / New York, NY

February - March 2018

Further details regarding the Exhibition to be Announced.

 

In-Significations (Part III) / Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial 12 / Palermo, Italy

June - July 2018

In-Significations exhibition will continue onto Palermo, Italy for the 12th edition of the Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial, as a continuation of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2016. The exhibition offered a revision and re-engagement with the history and historicity of representations of black bodies as subjects of art by inviting contemporary artists from Africa, Europe and the Americas to translate and re-stage a collection of sculptures and paintings depicting ornamental black bodies associated with decorative art known to us as “Blackamoors.” Embedded within centuries-old discourses, cross-cultural encounters, and artistic productions shaped by migration, conquest, servitude, and exile, these objects presented a rich opportunity with which we deconstructed, compared, and contextualized myriad portrayals of the black body in western societies from multidisciplinary angles. 

 In-Significations extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, InSignifications will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, our proposed exhibition will illustrate how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world. 

Curated by Awam Amkpa.