PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractal and Fragments
Kim Dacres, Kenturah Davis, Basil Kincaid, Nate Lewis, David Shrobe, Kennedy Yanko
curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah
November 11st 2020 - January 30rd 2021
Galleria Anna Marra is pleased to present PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractals and Fragments curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah. The exhibition is part of a series that investigates how visual artists cultivate their artistic practices by responding to ideas, narratives, myths, and materials. These responses on the part of the artists are primarily informed by their personal, cultural, and sociopolitical points of view. For the fourth iteration of the series, the exhibition highlights the works of six African American artists living and working in the United States. The exhibition features sculptures by Kim Dacres and Kennedy Yanko in addition to paintings, works on paper, and photo collages by David Shrobe, Kenturah Davis, Nate Lewis, and Basil Kincaid.
PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractals and Fragments - the fourth iteration of the series - will be on view at Galleria Anna Marra, Rome, in November 2020. The exhibition utilizes the mathematical concept of fractals to deeply explore what is seen on and beneath the surface. Fractals are a complex grouping of patterns that repeat infinitely at various scales. Often viewed as clones of each other, the fractal’s components might resemble the whole but aren’t necessarily carbon copies of each other. The use of this conceptual framework highlights the intricacy and nuances present within the shared history of Black aesthetics and Diasporic community. Moreover, it illustrates that although these artists might have somewhat similar experiences on the surface, upon closer interrogation, all of these artists possess voices and perspectives that are immensely varied and encompass a multiplicity of differences. PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractals and Fragments seeks to present a rich cross-cultural lattice that centers these voices in a way that is layered and complex.
PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractals and Fragments is the first iteration of the series to be exhibited outside of the United States. Specifically curated to be hosted in Rome, Italy, the exhibition will provoke a stimulating discourse around the ideas of race, identity, materiality, and memory in a way that is rarely seen in this part of the world. As the capital of Italy, Rome is an ideal vantage point to further explore the themes of the series with the goal of leveraging the capacity of artists and artistic dialogue to illuminate the shifts in the power dynamics between the “center” and “periphery.” The featured artists explore themes of empathy, culture, environment, and understanding of self and others in the world. The need for a discursive artistic engagement through this exhibition seeks to forefront our shared human experience in a climate that is increasingly urgent with the rise of nationalist, racist, xenophobic, and fascist ideologies around the world. In a time where Italy in particular is struggling to respond to global issues affecting them locally, such as the refugee crisis, the collateral damage associated with COVID-19, and migration to name a few, Fractals and Fragments moves the public to connect with the sense of humanity within one another and themselves. Each artist brings their own distinctive and layered perspective to the discourse that will enable us to engage in a dynamic and robust conversation within the framework of fractals and fragments in art and life. The crux of this exhibition endeavors to study the complexity of these issues from the perspective of African American artists within a rubric that at times is perceived as aesthetically and culturally homogeneous. By highlighting that diversity of thought, points of view and artistic approach from these artists are what makes the Africam American diaspora unique, PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Fractals and Fragments will present an expanded view of contemporary art and the cultural zeitgeist.
The inaugural edition of PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES took place in Miami Beach at Oolite Arts in the fall of 2018 and presented works by eight women artists whose dynamic practices reframe and redefine how artmaking fits into a broader global discourse impacting marginalized communities. The second edition was exhibited in Detroit at MOCAD in 2019. It focused on the roles that art, technology and science play in the creation of the work of 12 artists. By actively working in those modalities, the artists use their work as a platform to respond to the dramatically shifting social, cultural, and political landscape born from centuries of collective and historical traumas designed to further oppress and subjugate disenfranchised communities. PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES: Migration and Mobility, the third iteration of the series, took place at VisArts in Rockville, MD during the Fall of 2019, and sought to explore how emigrant and first-generation immigrant artists are using their work to negotiate issues of migration, mobility, identity, visibility and invisibility in a time of social volatility.