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We Are New Again

We Are New Again

This exhibition was postponed to a later date.

(Original Dates) March 16 – May 21, 2020
Marsden-Gustafsen Gallery at Film North
550 Vandalia St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114

We Are New Again, explores the relationship between home, lineage, and ritual. Curated by Amirah Ellison, the exhibition features artwork by Ayana Lance, Candice Davis, and Kehayr Brown. For the artists, the creative process is a visualization of racial trauma as a means of filling in the gaps left behind by buried histories. For Ellison, the curatorial process is an invitation to bear witness to the work, through the arrangement of an oasis that sheds the barriers of traditional gallery space and seeks to increase intimacy between image, object, and viewer. Rather than presenting one singular truth, this exhibition is a space for the viewer to call forth the past, to remember. Through an assemblage of materials, including wood, fabric, moving image, and blood, these artists practices create a space for ancestral recollection and contemplation of the sacred.

Through our program Ellison developed this exhibition by attending monthly cohort meetings with fellow emerging curators, a mentorship with Tia-Simone Gardner, and meetings with visiting curators. We appreciate our exhibition partner, Film North, a non-profit organization that empowers artists to tell their stories, launch and sustain successful careers, and advance The North as a leader in the national network of independent filmmakers.

Selected work from Deaccessionings, Candice Davis. Courtesy of the artist.