I organized this two-part exhibition in collaboration Reynaldo Anderson and Stacey Robinson of the Black Speculative Arts Movement. Hosted by New York Live Arts, the exhibition brings together an international cadre of artists whose work responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-black violence, climate change, poor governance, trans-humanism, and an accelerating, technologically driven economic system on the verge of collapse. The animated shorts, collages, photographs, poems, and sound pieces herein are otherworldly and fantastic. From spaces of isolation and enclosure, the featured artists crafted worlds as infinite as the quarantine’s impositions, worlds inspired by speculative fiction, Black girlhood, Sankofa, Manga, cosplay, artificial intelligence, time travel, pleasure, and the new normal of masks and virtual socializing. Masks, a recurring motif, double as protective gear and prosthetics for performing and concealing identity as a means for survival. These visions of survival, however, are not necessarily desirable. They span the utopian and dystopian; they are hopeful yet also dark and pessimistic.
View part 1 of the exhibition here and part 2 here on Google Arts & Culture