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Artist Talk | Contextual Proportions

Jan 25 | Sat |

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Please join us for an Artist Talk in celebration of Contextual Proportions curated by Kenturah Davis. The Artist Talk with Kameelah Janan Rasheed and Esteban Ramón Pérez will be led by 2019 NXTHVN curatorial fellow Zalika Azim and will begin at 6:30pm.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed was selected for Cultured Magazine's 30 under 35 in 2020 list and profiled last fall in The New York Times. Her work was awarded the 2019 Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago where she was part of the Exposure section curated by Naima J. Keith. Investigating race through text and images, Rasheed's work use expressions of everyday vernaculars and experimental poetics. Many of her images appear warped or stretch to the edge of legibility like they've been manipulated on the bed of a photocopier. Her material choices also explore the taxonomy of blackness, from the inks of various kinds of prints to a reflective sheet of black Plexiglas, or a shadow thrown from an overhead projector. Her work has been exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the Bronx Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Esteban Ramón Pérez was awarded a 2020 NXTHVN Fellowship and is a 2019 Yale MFA graduate. He is concerned with the intersections of materiality and iconography within American cultures, their implications, and their relationship to subcultures, labor practices, social classes, and socio-political histories. The content within each of his works is meant to be multifaceted, usually containing aspects of art histories, subjectivity, spirituality, and social issues. It investigates how color has been politicized and culturally defined, and also how language contextualizes and charges the specifics colors. Zalika Azim is an artist and the current curatorial fellow at NXTHVN, where she will co-curate their inaugural exhibition set to open in March 2020. Conceptualizing her practice through photography, installation, performance, sound, and text, her work investigates the ways in which memory, migration, movement and the body are negotiated throughout the African diaspora. Azim’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been presented in solo projects with The Baxter Street Camera Club of New York and SOHO20. Azim holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts, and a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis from New York University.

Contextual Proportions examines the ways in which artists work with text and is inspired by Toni Morrison’s essay Sites of Memory, which states, “If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic.”

Venue: Jenkins Johnson Projects

207 Ocean Avenue Map