a/wake in the water
Curated by Erin Christovale
August 14 to November 30, 2014
Opening Party : Thursday, August 14 | 7-10PM
a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster is a film, video, and new media exhibition that explores the ways Black bodies experience environmental hazards and natural disaster.
In direct response to recent catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, the BP Oil spill, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kevin Jerome Everson, Cauleen Smith, Ulysses Jenkins, Tameka Norris, Danielle Lessovitz and the Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National utilize found footage, staged reenactments, and performative paralysis to expose the systematic neglect and lingering repercussions Black communities face in the aftermath of disaster.
Accompanying narratives by A. Sayeeda Clarke, Wanuri Kahiu, Muchiri Njenga, Loretta Fahrenholz, and Observatory Media explore impending dystopic and apocalyptic futures to further analyze the state of environmental justice as it functions within the Diaspora.