Monument Lab Transnational Fellows
Mallory Nezam, De Nichols, and I, collectively known as MADAD, are part of the 2020 cohort of Monument Lab's Transnational Fellows for our project Black Memory STL: Division, Displacement, and Local Diaspora. The 2019 and 2020 Fellows will also be featured in Shaping the Past, a multi-site exhibition and book project that addresses pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces. Learn more here.
Fri, Jan 17, 2020
The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, Los Angeles, CA
prox·im·i·ty is an art activation by TRAP HEALS in conjunction with the release of the film “Just Mercy” on Friday, January 17 in Los Angeles. The installation is part of a local campaign strategy to shift public opinions of incarcerated individuals and increase public engagement around criminal justice policy reforms. Read more here.
Jan 24 - Mar 14, 2020
Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, IA
In Septemeber of 2019, I participated in a month-long residency at Grinnell College. In January, their Museum of Art opened a solo exhibition of the work I created during my stay last fall. Featuring both two and three-dimensional pieces, the exhibition centers around my responses to recent political, social, and personal trauma. For updates and programming, check Grinnell's website. View installation photography here.
Artist in Residence
Jan - May 2020
Department of African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
This semester I have the honor of being the inaugural Artist in Residence at WashU's Department of African and African American Studies. During my time there, I will be conducting lectures and discussions as well as working towards the completion of work related to the archives of African and African American Studies that will later be permanently displayed at the university.
Abstractions of Black Citizenship: African American Art from St. Louis
Apr 2 - Jun 14, 2020
Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
A selection of my work will be shown alongside works by Dominic Chambers, Jen Everett, De Nichols, and Katherine Simóne Reynolds. This exhibition is curated by Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud, Assistant Professor in Arts Leadership. Learn more at here.
Chain of Rocks
Ongoing Film Project
Now in production, this film project about Reginald Clemons is the first-ever fully stop-motion animated feature-length documentary film. The film is a complex yet intimate examination of innocence, doubt, guilt, and redemption within the context of race and capital punishment in American society. This project is ten years in the making, and what was once a simple story of wrongful conviction is now much more nuanced. I hope this film can influence public policy around prison conditions, specifically solitary confinement, and aid in the fight to end the death penalty in Missouri. I want this project to make people consider important questions such as: Who is the perfect victim? What does restorative justice look like in practice? How do you forgive someone that has lied to you? Through my relationship with a man sentenced to death, we see how truth may be manipulated and sacrificed in the name of freedom. Stay tuned here or visit http://chainofrocks.film/ for updates.
Later this year I will be working in both Los Angeles and Oakland in partnership with the Crenshaw Dairy Mart and Betti Ono Gallery. The Crenshaw Dairy Mart is a newly launched gallery and residency space in Inglewood co-founded by Patrisse Cullors and four other faculty of the Social and Environmental Arts Practice program at Prescott College. Betti Ono is an active cultural arts venue, gallery and community meeting space located in downtown Oakland. I will be participating in a residency at Betti Ono as part of their multi-year initiative, The Fire Next Time: A Call and Response, which is designed to incite conversation, spark introspection, and mobilize Black artists in the interests of discovering truths. Learn more at crenshawdairymart.com/exhibitions.