December 6, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Saturday, December 5, 7pm-9pm
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Art in General is thrilled to present two solo exhibitions by Donna Huanca and Ezra Wube at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia as part of the International Collaborations Program.
Focusing on themes of migration, mobility, and socio-cultural displacement, these two solo exhibitions with Donna Huanca and Ezra Wube demonstrate each artist’s relationship to historical and embodied memory through an ongoing engagement with the figure. Both artists repurpose the methods and logic of painting, as well as the associative capacities of color to unpack senses of longing; experiences of spatio-temporal disjunction; and the mapping of cultural norms onto the body. Huanca and Wube collectively apply this engagement through animation, photography, video, sculpture, and performance.
is a Brooklyn-based mixed media artist born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Through autobiography, his work references notions of past and present and the dialogical tension between “here” and “there”. Wube’s photography and stop-motion animations present time and place as layered, collaged, and perpetually shifting elements. Previous exhibitions include the Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); the 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC
Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); and At the same moment
, Times Square Midnight Moment program, New York, NY (2013). Awards and residencies include the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015); Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2013); The Substation, Johannesburg, South Africa (2011); Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside, Troy, NY (2011); and Château de la Napoule, France (2011). Wube holds a BFA
from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, and received his MFA
from Hunter College, New York, NY.
for these International Collaborations projects has been provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, United States Embassy in Riga, kultura.lv, VKN
, Absolut, Rīgas Laiks, Birzī, Valmiermuižas alus, Pieci.lv, Delfi.
Harita Manina; [email protected]
Lindsey Berfond; [email protected]
Art in General
was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program
is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.