The Crown is an interdisciplinary public engagement project, which utilises reference to crowns and headdresses of various African, Indigenous American, and western cultures as a method of celebrating and exploring the concept of self-determination.
The project immerses viewers in an environment designed to make them feel energized and open to considering their personal autonomy in determining their sense of self, their understanding of the society they inhabit, and the ways in which they position themselves within it.
The Crown has been exhibited twice in Harlem New York in the ‘If You Build It, No Longer Empty’ show and at the new Sugar Hill Children Museum of Art & Storytelling. Following the installation at Njelele Art Station the project will travel to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
Shani Peters is a multi-disciplinary New York-based artist (b. Lansing, MI). Her work reflects interests in community building, activism histories, and reinterpreted notions of media access and content. She has exhibited in the US and abroad, at the Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), Contact Theatre (UK), and at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (SK). She has completed residencies with MoCADetroit, The Laundromat Project, Project Row Houses, apexart to Seoul S. Korea, LES Printshop, the Bronx Museum Artist in the Market Place Program. She is currently a Workspace Resident with Lower Manhattan Cultural Center in NYC.
Opening: Thursday 18 December 2014, 6 – 8pm
On 17 December 2014 , 11am: Shani Peters in conversation with Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Masimba Hwati, Tinofireyi Zhou and Raphael Chikukwa on Public Practices at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe
Njelele Art Station
131 Kaguvi Street