Dis place

MoCADA, New York, United States
17 Oct 2015 - 17 Jan 2016

Dis place

Image by Sable Elyse Smith

Displacement, or a state of being rooted in uprootedness, is a consequence of colonial conquest in Africa and the Americas that has come to frame dominant perceptions of diasporic identity and nationhood.

Dis place, curated by Allison Davis & Ali Rosa-Salas,  maps the somatic, psychological and infrastructural violences of displacement in the contemporary African Diaspora from the perspectives of those living in its throes. Through material and contextual inquiries into objects ranging from firearms to fruit, the collection of works by Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Kudzanai Chiurai, Mohau Modisakeng, Valerie Piraino, Sable Elyse Smith and Ralph Ziman render visible the power relations produced by and through displacement, and the innovative strategies that transform even its most foreboding effects into dynamic and grounding cultural formations.


Thursday, October 29 | 7:30PM
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Aisha Tandiwe Bell and Sable Elyse Smith with Simone Tyson perform works that connect to their bodies of work in the exhibition.
Free with Museum Admission |  RSVP

Saturday, November 7 | 4-6PM
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Jessica Lynne, art critic and co-founder of ARTS.BLACK will moderate a conversation with Dis place artists Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Valerie Piraino and Sable Elyse Smith.
Free with Museum Admission |  RSVP

Brothers & Sisters Presents | The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
Friday, December 11 | Screening begins at 7PM
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Founded in fellowship and designed as a space to propel conversation, Brothers & Sisters arrives as a remix to the fabled literary salons of 1920’s Harlem. The aim for Brothers & Sisters is simple: to lessen the threat of our differences through a healthy exchange of ideas.
Join Brothers & Sisters for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, followed by a moderated dialogue about the role of violence in social movements.
Free with RSVP |  RSVP

Saturday, January 9 | 8PM
80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
NON Records is a multi-national collective of artists from the African Diaspora who use sound to disrupt social binaries and examine the reverberations of racialized violence. The evening will feature live performances by Chino Amobi and SCRAAATCH.
$5.00 |  RSVP

Dis place is supported in part by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with The City Council, and private funds from Lambent Foundation and Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 17, 2015 | RSVP



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