Winners of the Emerging Artists Program 2017-18
Ebitenyefa Baralaye: Many Rooms
Many Rooms explores the experience of disparate presence in relation to home, faith, geography and culture. Interdisciplinary artist, Ebitenyefa Baralaye, examines ways to name the compounded realities and spaces reconciled in a diasporic mindset through form, pattern, and symbolism. Sourcing his own narrative of migration from Nigeria, through the Caribbean and to the United States, Baralaye creates a visual language intended to mediate engagement and displacement and deconstruct spirituality, emotion and culture relative to his own experience.
Baralaye’s life and generation dwells in the engagement of fragmented and transitional being, increasingly used to holding multiple understandings of where we come from, where we are and the realities we are intended for. In his work, Ebitenyefa composes objects that are markers of place, narrative, state and the dualities around them.
To be part of the diaspora means to be present in certain ways – mentally, emotionally and spiritually – in a number of different places and modes. He associates this array of presence to an array of “many rooms”, drawing a parallel to inhabiting the several spaces that create one home. Baralaye presents this negotiation of an African Diasporic identity as its own cultural entity with a distinct aesthetic articulation.
This exhibition was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Simone Bailey: Let There Be Darkness
Let There Be Darkness embraces darkness as a tactic of self-liberation from neocolonial conditions imposed on black Americans today. The body of work draws from Simone Bailey’s investigations of the impulse to grasp the intangible, as well as her focus on perception, process, ephemerality, desire, violence, and the impossible. The exhibition bridges past and present as a proposition for the future by exploring ways in which existing black American culture can provide useful tools and messages to apply to today’s concerns.
Andrew Wilson - Equivalencies: Abandoned Bodies
Equivalencies: Abandoned Bodies thinks through the ways in which we remember people in relationship to their physical space and the objects associated with their bodies. This exhibition investigates how we remember the dead, asking us to contemplate the parallels between those who have passed and our enduring memories, as we take them with us in the future.
Multimedia artist, Andrew Wilson, uses the measurements from stowage system of the infamous slave ship Brookes, to creates what can be perceived as graves or plinths. In comparable scale and organization with the ship, each platform holds objects of the deceased – a sewing machine, bronze cotton boll husks, cowrie shell regalia, an American Empire chair, a pocket watch, human hair and crowns. Each item serves as a reminder of the departed individuals, and also elevates these mundane objects to a supernatural realm.
Winners of the Emerging Artists Program 2016-17
Nyame Brown: Classroom in Nevérÿon
Nyame Brown’s paintings and drawings are opportunities to explore the concept of Diaspora as Trans-Atlantic, psychic, and imagined spaces. As a tool to combat racial oppression, He sees his blackboard paintings as a cultural production of the black community providing space to create a new black mythology.
Helina Metafaria: Home | Free
Home | Free addresses a diasporic longing for a physical and psychic home in a time of increased voluntary and involuntary mass migration of black bodies. Through an interdisciplinary practice of performance, video, installation, photography, objects, and mark-making, artist Helina Metaferia presents the complexity, transformation, and rebellion that come with migration, immigration, and gentrification. Home | Freeexplores the use of home-building materials as art objects and the visual language of maps, lines, text, and movement — all tools to help the body navigate the world.
Lili Bernard: Antebellum Appropriations
Through large-scale oil paintings, Lili Bernard reconfigures the art historical canon by turning classical European paintings into slave narratives in her series, Antebellum Appropriations. Bernard’s work exposes the post-colonial paradigm of suffering and resilience, through a collision of cruelty against compassion. The generational struggle of her Afro-Cuban immigrant family and Caribbean ancestors, coupled with her personal experiences as a rape survivor, informs Bernard’s visual exploration of the impact of trauma and the unconquerable nature of the human spirit.
Angie Keller: The Gladioli of El Carmen
The Afro-Peruvian women of the southern coastal town, El Carmen, inspired this project, The Gladioli of El Carmen. The gladiola, a delicate flower that originated in Africa, was a symbol of strength for the gladiators in Ancient Rome. This combination of delicacy and strength comes to life through my viewfinder as each woman presents herself as she wishes in her most familiar environment, her home. Angie Keller’s portraits attempt to correct their marginalization by deliberately centering them in the frame.
Winners of the Emerging Artists Program 2015-16
Tim Roseborough: FOUR THEMES
San Francisco-based Tim Roseborough literally leveraged MOAD’s mission and four themes by translating them into his unique Englyph writing system. Four Themes is one of the two collections of works that consists of seven digital prints and an animated video that joins all of the artwork thematically.
His practice includes a series of artworks rendered in Englyph – a conflation of “English” and “hieroglyphics”. Englyph was inspired by hieroglyphics – the hermetic language system of Egypt – whereby he weds the ancient tradition to contemporary digital culture. Englyph is a part of his ongoing effort to balance the worlds of form and idea in artworks that are both visually appealing and conceptually rigorous.
Roseborough is a digital artist whose work has been featured in numerous publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, Artforum and SF Examiner. He has performed and showcased at the 2012 and 2010 ZERO1 New Media Biennials, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and SOMArts Cultural Center, among others. He has also been awarded residencies at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Cheryl Patrice Derricotte: GHOSTS/SHIPS
Cheryl Derricotte pays homage to Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum by “mining the library” (the British Library) for images related to the global slave trade. This show includes approximately 20 works that reveal images of people from African descent who come from diverse locales and were involved in the trade.
Images of ships and oceans reveal how the art and culture of the African people have been dispersed all over the world. The exhibit will include portraits of enslaved people from the Diaspora, ships, oceans and botanical illustrations of cotton, which was a central crop to the institution of slavery and the basis of much of the early craft art.
Originally from Washington D.C., Derricotte is a visual storyteller who currently resides in Oakland, Calif. She holds a master of fine arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and has been awarded Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass’ Inaugural Visionary Scholarship and a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities /National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship Grant. She’s exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Airport Museum.