Opening Reception: Saturday, June 4 from 6pm to 9pm
Honfleur Gallery presents Hear/Here, a group show organized by local curator Jarvis DuBois. DuBois has assembled four young artists who have joined activism with their artistic practices.
Featuring Fire Angelou (Baltimore), Daphne Arthur (NYC), Andrew Keiper (Baltimore), and Omolara Williams McCallister (DC), Hear/Here examines the points of intersection, connection and disconnection among various groups vying for social and political agency in the ever-changing American cityscape.
Programming for this exhibition includes:
- June 4, 6-9: Opening reception with a poetry performance by Fire Angelou
- June 18, 2- 4: “Claim Your Hood” workshop led by Omolara McCallister
- July 16, 2- 4: Last Look Artist Roundtable
All events are free and open to the public.
In Hear/Here, these four artists from three different cities explore the need for dialogue between metropolitan areas that are increasingly confronted with displacement, violence and calls for social justice. Without an easy binary of right and wrong, the work questions how communities can go beyond cooperative rhetoric and truly acknowledge and process expressed concerns, hopes and frustrations?
Jarvis DuBois has curated numerous shows throughout the DMV region for in the last decade including, Looking Back/Looking Forward: 15 Years of Millennium Arts Salon at the Brentwood Arts Exchange last fall and he juried TYPECAST at Hillyer Art Space in March 2016.
Daphne Arthur combines painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage as well as unexpected materials, like smoke, in her work in an effort to break down both archetypal aesthetic barriers and stereotypical perceptions on issues of race, gender, religion, and cultural identity.
Nakia “Fire Angelou” Brown and Andrew Paul Keiper have collaborated on a soundscape for the exhibition. Brown is a spoken word artist, writer, actress, event organizer, and freedom-fighter. Influenced by the international rebellious spirit of Hip Hop culture, she creates poetic counter-narratives that seek to explore freedom, healing, womanhood, racial identity, morality, and language. Keiper’s recent work explores listening and noise, political speech, the Baltimore Uprising, white supremacy, history and the rhetorical implications of acoustics.
Omolara Williams McCallister is an Atlanta-bred artist, cultural organizer and educator who has been living and working in Washington DC for the past 5 years. Her work is created through a collaborative, community-based practice designed to examine the practices of constructing and navigating identity, memory, and narrative in physical and psychological spaces.
Honfleur Gallery is contemporary fine art gallery that opened in 2007, located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. For more information, visit http://www.honfleurgallery.com/.