Message From the People
Curated by Ashley King
Artists: Cameron Granger, Darryl D. Terrel, Jay Katelansky, RJ Eldridge, Tanya Denise Garcia, W.D Floyd, William Camargo, and Zakkiyyah Najeebah
Opening Reception: Friday, September, 27, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
September 27, 2019 - October 4, 2019
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, weekends by appointment
CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Message From The People, curated by MA Curatorial Practice fellow Ashley King. Message From The People is an exhibition that brings into focus the resilience, community, and knowledge prospering within the black and brown world. With resilience comes an emancipated mind; with community comes a cooperative utopia; and with knowledge comes freedom – the truest form of liberation.
This exhibition’s focus on the resilience, community, and knowledge prospering within the black and brown world is shown through the works on view by Cameron Granger, Darryl D. Terrel, Jay Katelansky, RJ Eldridge, Tanya Denise Garcia, W.D Floyd, William Camargo, and Zakkiyyah Najeebah. Cameron Granger’s video installation, inspired by photographs taken from hurricane rescue choppers and viral videos of black people dancing in tropical storms, showcases the resilience of those apart of the black and brown community in the midst of struggle. Darryl D. Terrel’s portrait series pays homage to black and latinx people who resist and showing defiance to social systems that perpetuate the marginalization of their community. Jay Katelansky’s print installation creates a space for healing, empowerment, and collective reclamation of self and belonging through her word-play. RJ Eldridge’s writing focuses on the connection and role libraries within the black and brown community have on and liberation. Tanya Denise Garcia’s video installation and photography series expose marginalized narratives of resilience and resistance by documenting oral histories and protest. W.D Floyd and William Camargo’s documentary portraiture series generate new narratives of black and brown lives through an intimate perspective. Zakkiyyah Najeebah’s video montage celebrates the contributions black women have had on the progression and knowledge of the black community and examines their liberation ideologies not accessory to the white gaze.
This exhibition aims to be a space of agency, pride, and community for those apart of the black and brown world. For those outside of this narrative, this exhibition exposes the strength, love and companionship the media and social canon neglect. In the end, this exhibition rehumanizes and celebrates black and brown life.