Curators Zoe Whitely and Mark Godfrey subdivided a mass of 150 works from as many as 60 to occupy 12 rooms at the gallery. They also set an austere tone for the exhibition, as if to prepare the visitor’s mind, placing five screens at the entrance with each one playing, on a loop, speeches any luminaries including King, Malcolm X and James Baldwin.
PICTURING POWER #1: Wherein one surreptitiously performs reconnaissance to collect views and freeze points of view to be reflective of one’s own kind
Yee I-Lann, 2013 Giclée print on Hahemüle photo rag ultra smooth fine are, 310 GSM 100% cotton rag paper 25 X 71 INCHES (63 X 180 CM)
It is the experience of paddling on still and quiet nights, the sky clear and the moon yet to rise that moved me to create this work. The mirror like surface of the water reflects the stars and I am given the sensation of moving myself through them. As the moon rises the small ripples from my paddle and canoe cutting through the water send the reflected light dancing across its surface. It is in these moments that I feel myself in intimate conversation with my environment. Not simply a creature living in this world but a part of its very nature; the earth, air, water and light living around me, within me and through me. In this project I attempt to make visible the silent language of this conversation.
The stories she chose to immortalize don’t adhere to the traditional mainstream narratives of the genius, the hero or the leader.
Powerful meditations on identity, race, gender and class. Using various multimedia forms, sculptural installations, and contrasting variations the artist Bayeté Ross Smith creates really challenges the observer on so any levels. The sound installations are fascinating and make me really miss the days of boomboxes and the many owned over the years.
New this year, DC Public Library Foundation will celebrate Banned Books Week throughout September with an UNCENSORED social media scavenger hunt. Starting September 6…[read the rest at link below DC peeps]