38-33 24th St
Long Island City, NY 11101
“Put your hands where my eyes can see” is a group exhibition about imaging.
On view October 8 – October 22nd
Location: The Chocolate Factory Theater, 38-33 24th St, Queens, NY 11101
Chocolate Factory COVID-19 safety policies
Participating Artists: Tyler Davis || Jen Everett || Kearra Amaya Gopee || Terrance James Jr. || Komikka Patton || Sasha Phyars-Burgess || Brianna Robinson || Ricky Weaver
Curated by Cameron A. Granger in collaboration with Makeba Rainey & Haiba Hamilton as part of the Rhizome Project.
About the Exhibition
Let’s think about the shared history of Black Folks in the same way poet Hanif Abdurraqib describes the Soul Train Line: A narrow, writhing, seemingly endless tunnel of Black Folks smiling and clapping. Where, in the center, partners are brought together – sometimes by intention, many times by fate. And together, using what knowledge they have of themselves and their bodies, they must make their way out – to the other side – urged on by the blooming claps around them.
These shared stories become less visible as we move through the present and into the future. Our histories are often confined to the margins (a tunnel of its own) and redacted to a distorted past tense. In their place, a violent vernacular has been built, creating an imaging that finds Black Folks – to quote sociologist and scholar Ruha Benjamin: “trapped between regimes of invisibility and hypervisibility”
The work on view considers both the capacity that images have to influence our collective memory & imagination, and how, through maintaining control of images in the mainstream, the powerful have effectively privatized that imagination; distorting entire histories, presents, and suppressing our possible futures in the process. The work included moves to, like Ms. Toni Morrison said, “carve away at the accretions of deceit, ignorance, and sheer malevolence” embedded in the images & language of the powerful, of The Empire, so that new ways of imaging, and thus new futures are “not only available, but inevitable”
The exhibition will be archived in a zine created by Danielle and Kevin McCoy of Work/Play, to be released at the exhibition’s closing reception on October 22nd.