Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents Parallels and Peripheries, the first exhibition by Larry Ossei-Mensah, as the newly appointed Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD. The exhibition is part of a series that investigates how artists make work that explores the narratives, myths, and memories that shape personal, political, and societal understanding. The inaugural edition of the series took place in Miami Beach at the ArtCenter/South Florida in the fall of 2018 and presented works by eight women artists whose dynamic practices reframe and redefine how artmaking fits into a broader global discourse impacting marginalized communities.
The second iteration of Parallels and Peripheries continues the inquiry into how artists construct narratives via their practice and process. The crux of the exploration for the second edition seeks to consider the role that art, technology, and science plays in the creation of these artworks and the discourse artists choose to have by working in these modalities. The exhibition highlights the works of 12 artists, all of whom are actively utilizing art, technology and the sciences as a platform to respond to the dramatically shifting social, cultural, and political landscape born from centuries of collective and historical traumas designed to further oppress and subjugate disenfranchised communities. Those artists featured in Parallels and Peripheries work to leverage their capacity as artists to create shifts in the power dynamics between the “center” and “periphery”. Featuring a variety of mediums in the exhibition, each artist utilizes varied and rigorous approaches to challenge the status quo, assert their creative agency, and tell the stories of the overlooked.
Parallels and Peripheries originated at and is generously supported by the ArtCenter/South Florida with additional support by the Michigan State University Science Gallery Detroit; David Klein Gallery, Detroit; and Nina Johnson, Miami, FL.
Exhibitions and public programs at MOCAD are supported by the A. Alfred Taubman Foundation.
Support for the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator is provided by the Susanne Feld Hilberry Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
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Joiri Minaya, Containers (2015-present)
Jamilah Sabur, A derivation (Lake Wales Ridge) (2017)