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28.9.2021 Launch Day:
I’m honored to be the only visual artist among one of 100 Black women featured in their new @RebelGirls book "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic” from the past and present and from around the world. I have no idea who suggested me to the team and I felt like I’m dreaming when I saw who’s story is in this volume: Angela Davis, Shirley Chisholm, Toni Morrison, Viola Davis, Naomi Osaka, Octavia E. Butler, Kamala Harris, Nandi Bushell, and many more. All our portraits were illustrated by 60 Black female and nonbinary artists from 17 nations. My illustration was made by Tiffany Baker @hiccupbk.
It was edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh, with a foreword by CaShawn Thompson, the creator of the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag and movement. Black Girl Magic is the 4th volume in the New York Times Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls best-selling series.
I’m looking forward to many more Rebel Girl book’s filled with all the amazing stories of girls & women everywhere.
The book can be ordered directly from rebelgirls.com #CelebrateBlackGirlMagic #RebelGirls
My first big solo exhibition tour You Name It took place at the Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam, NL. On 7.9. the Finissage with walk-through took place as there was no opening due to the pandemic.
27.8.2021, 6–8 pm
I was invited to lead the reading group ‘Decoloniality’ & ‘Modernity’ as part of the book launch of Rolando Vázquez's Vistas of Modernity: decolonial aesthesis and the end of the contemporary arranged and held by the Kunstinstituut Melly in Rotterdam.
I was interviewed for Kunstinstituut Melly's new Podcast series Name Takes. Name Takes presents stories and cultures of naming, from the names of streets to buildings to people and beyond. The podcast’s host, Kay Em, features artists' voices and cases from the art field, emphasizing ways in which art promotes meaning-making. I participated in the Episode 2: Name Changing
On the occasion of my solo exhibition You Name It, the online art platform www.arterritory.com's founder Una Meistere interviewed me.
3.3.2021, Fabrica Research Center, IT
Within the Fabrica Creative Labs, on Wednesday 3 March from 3 to 4pm CET, me & Petri Saarikko will hold an online lecture entitled “Reconnecting people: resets and remedies”. The presentation covers our recent projects with diverse communities around the world. Title suggests exploring communal narratives paramount to tolerant society. Grounding our work to anti-racist creativity and indigeneity, artistic collaborations portray strategies to stitch back together growing gap of separation among people. Their presentation touches briefly an early social media project called “United People” which their team invented and partly implemented in Fabrica 2000-2001.
The interview with me and Moroccan artist M'Barek Bouhchichi is about our first collaboration commissioned by MACAAL in Marakkech, the Finnish Institute in Paris and gallery Lokal in Helsinki. Our sculptural work is inspired by NourbeSe Philip's book length poem Zong!. Read the interview from here.
27.1.2021, 8 pm, Kunstinstituut Melly
Today is the launch of Kunstinstituut Melly at 8 pm Rotterdam time. The launch includes their artistic program and brand new visual identity. Sign up!
Kunstinstituut Melly is the new name of the art institution formerly known as the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art which went through years of extensive research and development with the community. It was an honor to join and contribute to their international advisory committee. All about the name change here.
My extensive solo exhibition tour YOU NAME IT will launch there on April 9th (until 22.8.2021). The exhibition is curated by Rosa de Graaf in collaboration with The Power Plant assistant curator Justine Kohleal. The tour is arranged and produced by The Power Plant - Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto (Gaëtane Verna) and Autograph in London (Mark Sealy). The exhibition is going to be accompanied by a large book including my entire body of work as part of Demounting Louis Agassiz with several dedicated critical texts.