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Opening Reception for Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See Group Exhibition
October 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Taking place throughout October, Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See is a group exhibition curated by Cameron Granger, Makeba Rainey and Haiba Hamilton. It is part of the Rhizome Project.
Let’s think about the shared history of Black Folks in the same way poet Hanif Abdurraqib describes the Soul Train Line: A narrow writhing seemingly endless tunnel of Black Folks smiling and clapping. Where, in the center, partners are brought together – sometimes by intention, many times by fate. And together, using what knowledge they have of themselves and their bodies, they must make their way out – to the other side – urged on by the blooming claps around them.
These shared stories become less visible as we move through the present and into the future. Our histories are often confined to the margins (a tunnel of its own) and redacted to a distorted past tense. In their place, a violent vernacular has been built, creating an imaging that finds Black Folks – to quote sociologist and scholar Ruha Benjamin: “trapped between regimes of invisibility and hypervisibility”
Archival Pigment Print, Acrylic
48 in. x 85 in.