PRIZM PROGRAM 2018
Prizm Art Fair 2018
Prizm Preview Event: December 3rd
December 3rd – December 9th
Open Daily: 10 am – 6 pm
ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING
169 EAST FLAGLER STREET, MIAMI, FL
Organized in two exhibitions curated by Mikhaile Solomon and William Cordova, and introducing its inaugural exhibition of presentations by select national and international galleries from Miami to London, Prizm will present a global program examining the articulation of narratives in Africa and the African Diaspora through varying degrees of currency; the most overt being economic currency, but also, cultural, social, political, and even spiritual currencies.
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transceivers: channels, outlets and forces
Curated by William Cordova
Transceivers: channels, outlets and forces curated by cultural practitioner William Cordova focuses on the intersections between futurism, ritual and the folkloric. Three intersecting themes that are fluid and constantly transmitting, receiving, informing and forming our contemporary space. Psychiatrist, philosopher and writer Franz Fanon wrote “In every society, in every collectivity, exists – must exist – a channel, an outlet through which the forces accumulated in the forms of aggression can be released.” This collective catharsis Fanon described manifests itself through different forms of creativity.
Exhibiting Artists: Nyame Brown, Yanira Collado, Deborah Willis, Charo Oquet, Onajide Shabaka, N.Masani Landfair and the late Purvis Young have a shared agency that their work embodies; cultural, social, political, and spiritual currencies.
Each Artist will have a site-specific installation that responds to the tenor of the times. They are like a two-way radio, our social transceivers, architects designing alternative forms of achieving a “collective catharsis.”
The Dark Horse
Curated by Mikhaile Solomon
The Dark Horse, to reference the idiom describing an unexpected successful entrant, who was previously unknown, but emerges into prominence, explores how various forms of currency have been leveraged and exploited by colonial powers to thwart the resiliency of people of African descent globally. Various media, including recontextualized colonial monetary currencies, sculpture, paintings, and site-specific works, reveal how violence is used as a form currency utilized colonial powers to perpetuate global dominance.
Artists, Anina Major and LaMont Hamilton, for example, re-appropriate American and discontinued pound sterling banknotes to illustrate the power dynamics and imbalance in global economics in favor of colonial supremacy at the expense of economic growth and quality of life in colonized regions.
The Dark Horse explores and exhibits ways in which the disenfranchised negotiate, re-appropriate and reclaim the currencies used against them to build a future that is inclusive of prosperity for all.
As illustrated in Dread Scott’s work On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide (2014), Dread Scott demonstrates the excessive police force used in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 by the government, using his own body to model to signal the incredulity of sanctioned brutality against innocent people.
We’re not, however, referring to bygone incidents; Flint Michigan, Keystone Pipeline, the reversal of DACA, the enforced encampment of Uighur Muslims in China, are all contemporary catastrophes that are linked to the global currency narrative.
The Dark Horse is essentially the unsung heroes amongst us, who despite their subjectivity in colonized spaces, gracefully rise to prominence through sheer will to thrive and in pursuit of happiness. The Dark Horse, however, continues to gain prominence and momentum despite efforts to stifle and control colonized populations. As sociopolitical dynamics in the United States shifts with the nomination of several African American and underrepresented candidates, the United States landscape in the next four to six years, with diverse leadership can truly be a model for how sovereignties around the globe can support their increasingly heterogeneous populations; with compassion, respect and dignity.
Exhibiting Artists: Nicole Awai, Alicia Brown, Christopher Carter, Ify Chiejina, Taha Clayton, Kevin Cole, Adriana Farmiga, Alfred Conteh, Damon Davis, Morel Doucet, Shaunte Gates, Clifton Henri, LaToya Hobbs, Wayne Hodge, Deborah Jack, Justin D. Johnson, Andre Leon Gray, Kelley-Ann Lindo, Daniel Lind-Ramos, Anina Major, T. Elliott Mansa, Mildred Beltré Martinez, Jared McGriff, Helina Metafari, Kishan Munroe, Marilyn Nance, Shervone Neckles, Khaulah Nuruddin, Marton Robinson, Phillip Robinson, Michael Roman, Dread Scott, Nyugen Smith, Stanley Squirewell, Arinze Stanley, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, Felandus Thames, Dareece Walker, Ronald Williams, and Ezra Wube
PRIZM PANELS 2018 PRESENTED THE GREEN FAMILY FOUNDATION
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Tariku Shiferaw and Tahir Carl Karmali both work with layered mediums that are abstracted with traditional references to contextualize their
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM Adam Ganuza, Knight Arts, and Tayyib Smith, Little Giant Creatives, discuss the inspiration, ethos and application of Little Giant Creatives