In Their Own Form

12 April–8 July 2018

Exhibition Overview

Brazzaville, 2013

Through a lens of Afro-futurist aesthetics, In Their Own Form seeks to illuminate the myriad of ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures. Re-imagining, re-purposing, mysticism, avant-gardism, and spirituality, closely related to the Afro-futurist movement, have long been tied to the Black Experience and have functioned as a necessary escape from a fraught past and present. In Their Own Form prefaces personhood, both fantastical and actual, over perceived realities.

(Photo: Teju Cole, Brazzaville, 2013, 2017)

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