The exhibition Imagining Otherwise is a promotion of black culture through an uncompromising/ unfiltered gaze. Unrelenting, and uncompromising the exhibition seeks to portray black creativity in its raw and unapologetic advancement and social inclusion.
A reference point for this exhibition is taken from black feminist author, activist, and thinker Lola Olufemi, who’s work focuses on intersectionality “Experiments in Imagining otherwise” (2021). Within her work she introduces a collection of experimental essays, short stories, and poems with an underlining provocation “I want you to remember that most things are an invention.” With this gesture, she posits that our interpretations of reality are products of socially and culturally constructed objects. In her critique and radical rebellion against the systems created by capitalism (i.e. racism, homophobia, sexism, climate emergency, ableism or classism), she engages in attempts to develop strategies to deal with its ongoing political crises. Furthermore, the exhibition leans into the possibilities of Afrofuturism, as a means of future building, and defining new narratives. Using art as a vehicle to to demonstrate black nationalism as a counter-narrative to the present culture; we invite artists to reimagine the black experience, challenge the status quo and open new possible discourses.
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