South Bay Contemporary presents
Sponsored by LA Dept of Cultural Affairs
Diasporagasm: Curated by Beyoncenista
October 5 – November 18, 2017
South Bay Contemporary Gallery in conjunction with Michael Stearns Studio 347 presents a co-located multi-media exhibition Diasporagasm. Diasporagasm is curated by Beyoncenista – artist April Bey’s alter ego – and acts as a performance bringing together melanated artists working in Los Angeles, Haiti, Ghana, the Caribbean and West Africa.
Drawing from the groundbreaking film Moonlight—a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, the curator appropriates, amends and recontextualizes the juxtaposition of art race and gender.
The works in this exhibition will be from 15 artists who identify as black, but the work itself will not be “black art”. Rather conversations about what it means through individualism to be black, geographic differentiations in culture and how all the baggage carried comes through in work and artist’s work.
Diaspora here translates to experiences and the authority that comes with those experiences. While the artists represented identify themselves as black—their walks vary drastically forcing relatability amongst this fictitious construction we call race.
Nii Kotei Nikoi
Wanlov The Kubolor
Dates of interest:
Gallery 347: October 5-November 18, 2017
October 5, 6-9 opening reception
November 18, 5-7. Artist panel discussion. Panel: June Edmonds, Cole James and Duane Paul.
SBC SoLA: October 12-November 18, 2017
October 14, 4-7 Opening Reception
November 5, 5-7 Curator’s Walk Through with April Bey
South Bay Contemporary SoLA is a non-profit art organization supporting advanced explorations in contemporary art. SoLA is located at 3718 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043.
Michael Stearns Studio 347 is an artist’s studio and gallery operating in the heart of the San Pedro Arts District. located at 347 W. 7th St., San Pedro, Ca 90731.