Harlem, NY- October, 26 2012- Art in FLUX Harlem is proud to announce the exhibit
“ECHOES: A Time to Keep & A Time to Let Go”
A dual gallery exhibition
“ECHOES: A Time to Keep & A Time to Let Go”, in which artists reveal the importance of the spiritual power of Africa by retaining elements of the traditional world and yet creating a new contemporary vision. Through visual art, film, photography, dance, and spoken word, artists proclaim a cultural heritage while they explore, celebrate, play, question, challenge or protest diverse issues. The dual exhibition, spreading in two inter-connected spaces, illustrates the importance of past histories and conveys the vital significance of African traditions in the diaspora. Cultural traditions are very powerful and can be positive - promoting social cohesion and unity, or negative - corroding the physical and psychological health of individuals. “A Time to Keep” commemorates positive customs and tolerant behaviors while “A Time to Let Go” illustrates the attempt to alter or eliminate traditions that suppress or chastise individuals.
ECHOES is a group exhibition with works by Alberte Bernier, Beatrice Lebreton, Carlos DeMedeiros, Dougba Caranda-Martin, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Geraldine Gaines, Ibou Ndoye, J W Ford, Lance Johnson, Leonardo Benzant, Makeba Rainey, Nyugen Smith, Tara Mhella, Toni Thomas, and Trish Mayo. This exhibit, reflective of the mission of Art In FLUX Harlem, was created through a collaborative effort among artists and has continued to expand through programming to include other creative people from Harlem and beyond. The idea of the exhibit was sparked by a curatorial proposal presented by Beatrice Lebreton, and Ibou Ndoye. Along the way the two were introduced to filmmaker Ebbe Bassey whose film, Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences), inspired the artworks presented in the “Time to Let Go” portion of this dual gallery exhibit. Belynda M’baye, FLUX board member, who has a film and dance background came on board as the production manager for the opening night reception and coordinated dance, music and spoken word elements that were creative responses to the artworks and the film
ECHOES is just one representation of the vast cultures of Africa being presented as a lens to distribute new ideas that not only solidify the previous adages but merges the creativity of artists alike to bring forth a wave of conscious art that honors the African traditions of both permanence and change. ECHOES month long span (Nov. 2 through Nov. 30) will include special events, complimentary to the content of the exhibition discussing topics ranging from sociality & learning through music, art and how it can instigate change specifically in relation to FMG & sexual rights, and contemporary discussions illuminating the ideas present in the collection. Utilizing a variety of mediums, ECHOES presents work which funnels and filters the indoctrinated traditions and virtues of the old world, to construct a conversation where the present serves as a lens highlighting the importance of change inevitable with the acceptance of the future.
The current outlook of the African Diaspora emulates that of cultural stability that provides minimal room for a contemporary perspective. ECHOES presents a juxtaposition between the traditions that have built irreplaceable chains of enlightenment and the new ideas being built on this platform. With the use of three-dimensional mixed media work, painting, photography, dance and other mediums of artistic merit, these artists will collaborate to build a chapter of African history fueled by that of contemporary pretenses. Each artist is endowed with the rich history of the African Diaspora and have placed their work as mediums of cultural identity and concepts that are seen as pillars of the culture that should have relevance and those that can help build new pillars helping bring forth what may stand as a renaissance.
ECHOES: A Time to Keep & A Time to Let Go
A dual gallery exhibition curated by
Beatrice Lebreton & Ibou Ndoye, inspired by Filmmaker Ebbe Bassey, programming produced by Belynda M’baye
Alberte Bernier, Beatrice Lebreton, Dougba Caranda-Martin, Gail Shaw-Clemons, Geraldine Gaines, Ibou Ndoye, J W Ford, Lance Johnson, Leonardo Benzant, Makeba Rainey, Nyugen Smith, Tara Mhella, Toni Thomas &Trish Mayo
Nov 2 – Nov 30, 2012
Friday, November 2nd, 6pm-9pm Featuring spoken word, dance & music
Sat, Nov 10, 3-5pm: Filmmaker / Artist Discussion
Fri, Nov 16, 7-9pm: Salon…In FLUX
Sat, Nov 17, 1-3pm: Drum workshop Mark Manczuk
Wed-Sat noon to 7pm
Sun noon to 5pm
1961 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. @ 118 St., NYC
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