An exhibition series curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Senior Curator at MOCAD, Susanne Feld Hilberry, that investigates how seven artists create work constructed from narratives, myths, and memories that shape personal, political and societal identities.

ArtCenter/South Florida — October 10-December 16, 2018


“620243.” Metal and Paint. 57 x 38 x 19" in. 2017.


The inaugural edition of the series will take place in Miami and presents works by eight women artists whose dynamic practices reframe and redefine how artmaking fits into a broader global discourse impacting marginalized communities.

The exhibition endeavors to highlight works by these artists, all of whom are actively responding to the dramatically shifting social, cultural, and political landscapes born from centuries of collective and historical traumas designed to further oppress and subjugate disenfranchised communities. Those featured in PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES work to leverage their capacity as artists to create shifts in the power dynamics between the “center” and “periphery”. Featuring a variety of mediums such as photography, painting, sculpture, and books, each artist utilizes a varied approach to challenge the status quo, assert their creative agency, and tell the stories of the overlooked.

PARALLELS AND PERIPHERIES explores how these artists are re-imagining our global society and picturing its future via their artistic practices. They create work that responds to the multicultural society in which we live in and acknowledges the imperative to spotlight cultural nuances—rather than demonize differences— in order to address many of the issues in the minds and hearts of disempowered communities around world.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS INCLUDE: Saidiya Hartman, Bethany Collins, Lizania Cruz, Jamilah Sabur, Susan Lee Chun, Genevieve Gaignard, Joiri Minaya, Saya Woolfalk and Kennedy Yanko.

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