Ja’Tovia Gary, film still from An Ecstatic Experience, 2015 Courtesy the artist and galerie frank elbaz
Mapping Black Identities: 3 Films
May 4, 2019 - September 8, 2019
“Mapping Black Identities: 3 Films” confronts the legacy of systemic white supremacy—global systems, processes, organizations, and personal actions that maintain white privilege—by presenting conflicting realities. The works by artists Ja’Tovia Gary (American, b. 1984), Nástio Mosquito (Angolan, b. 1981), and Tabita Rezaire (French-born Guyanese-Danish, b. 1989) confront past and present forms of subjugation experienced by Black people, namely slavery and colonization. As a whole, the three films give voice to the experiences of Black artists by providing differing world views that envision the transformative righting of past wrongs, and the pursuit of freedom in an unjust world.
“Mapping Black Identities: 3 Films” is co-curated by Mia’s Department of Contemporary Art, including Esther Callahan, Curatorial Affairs Fellow; Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Department Head; Nicole Soukup, Assistant Curator; and Keisha Williams, Curatorial Department Assistant and Artist Liaison, in collaboration with Mia’s Curatorial Advisory Committee. This committee is composed of Mia staff who champion the prerogatives of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility by advising on Mia’s curation, labeling, and programming practices.