Opening Reception: Monday, August 12 from 7pm to 9pm
Join Gallery 102 for the opening performance of Yacine Fall: Looking for God. Fall will debut her durational performance. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery is ADA accessible; the event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend. To RSVP, click here.
Gallery 102 is proud to present the final Summer Solo exhibition entitled, Yacine Fall: Looking For God. The exhibition combines installation, performance, and video work — all newly produced for Gallery 102. During the opening, Fall will perform a work involving top soil native to the DC region. In addition, the exhibition will feature video work shot during Fall’s recent trip to Maine.
The exhibition is not merely a celestial search for the spiritual, but rooted in the terrestrial. Fall’s practice is highly personal. Looking for God is a lived reality for her, a real-time spiritual transformation. She draws from Sufism in Dakar, Senegal, a mystical sect of Islam, and places the body and the environment at the forefront of accessing and interacting with god. As Professor Nicole Ivy writes in her catalogue essay for the exhibition, Fall’s work invites her audience to see “the manifestation of the holy in the terrestrial.”
***Please note that any form of documentation during the opening performance is strictly prohibited. We ask that all visitors and guests respect this request from the artist.***
ARTIST + CONTRIBUTORS
Yacine Tilala Fall is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist. She received a BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Using performance, sculpture, painting and natural materials, her work investigates identity, politics, and history through the lens of the body. Her work and practice speaks to the human body and its entangled relationship with the natural environment. A Senegalese heritage and an American upbringing informs her repetitive and labor intensive art practice.
Nicole Ivy, Ph.D. writes and thinks about racial formations, memory, and the labor of representation. Her teaching, scholarship, and public engagement work highlight how knowledge about difference—both embodied and enacted—is produced and maintained over time. She received her joint PhD in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University. She has held appointments as an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow; an inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) at Indiana University, Bloomington; and an Institute of Museum and Library Services Fellow at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Her research has also been supported by the Ford Foundation; the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to these appointments, she also served as the inaugural Director of Inclusion for the American Alliance of Museums and publishes widely on the role of museums and arts organizations in promoting equitable futures. Professor Ivy is presently finalizing a monograph titled, Materia Medica: Black Women, White Doctors and Spectacular Gynecology. A cultural history of the clinic as a site of slavery’s propagative power to destruct, Materia Medicamaps the transit of a cohort of enslaved women through the Montgomery, Alabama clinic headed by J. Marion Sims and, later, Nathan Bozeman. The book follows the ghostly traces of the black women identified as the subjects of the experimental gynecological surgeries developed by Sims and Bozeman in order to approach a fuller accounting of the ways chattel slavery (re)produced and commodified knowledge about black women’s bodies. Professor Ivy is currently Assistant Professor of American Studies at The George Washington University.
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