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Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture

March 3 - May 5

Erika DeFreitas "an earnest weight in the crease", 2017 video still 02:00 minutes

Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture

New video works and installations that both embrace and challenge notions of what it is to be a contemporary artist and a person of color

 

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
March 3 – May 5, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 6-8pm

 

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is pleased to present, Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture, an exhibition featuring new video works and installations that both embrace and challenge notions of what it is to be a contemporary artist and a person of color. The practice of the participating artists navigates, supports and embodies this duality. What does it mean to be viewed as an African American artist, or a female artist of color? How do you make art that is your own within what is often considered a monolithic culture of Black art that is associated with the politics of race and social responsibility? These questions highlight the assumptions of audiences and the art-world expectations other artists, critics, curators and collectors.

Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture opens at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts on Saturday, March 3rd, from 6-8 pm.  Join curator Christopher Blay and the artists for this reception.

 


 

Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture considers a creative practice by people of color that is independent and unapologetic, rejecting notions that an artist of color should only engage in the context of  “a role model” or being a voice for their race or gender. The exhibition will include a new multi-channel video presentation from  Amir George, new photography by Erika DeFreitas, and a new installation and live performance by Anansi kNOwBody. The works of each of these artists embrace their cultural identity while at the same time declare authorship of their disparate narratives, emphasizing the context and considerations for contemporary artists of color.

Fort Worth artist and writer Christopher Blay is guest curator for this exhibition. As Writer-In-Residence for The Art Galleries at TCU during the 2017 Fall semester, Blay interviewed and wrote about the work of visiting artists Larry AchiampongDavid Blandy, and Baseera Khan whose exhibitions engaged with themes of identity and diaspora. His presentation of Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture is a response to and a continuation of this conversation.

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Start:
March 3
End:
May 5
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Fort Worth Contemporary Arts
2900 West Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX 76109 United States
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