Museum of Contemporary Photography Presents IN THEIR OWN FORM Exhibit Preview

Museum of Contemporary Photography IN THEIR OWN FORM
Alexis Peskine, Alijana Moons - Twins Carriage (2015) Courtesy of October Gallery

In Their Own Form at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago seeks to illuminate the myriad ways blackness might hope to exist without the imposition of oppression, racism and stereotypes ever-present in Western cultures, mediated through Afrofuturist themes including time-travel and escapism. Afrofuturism refers to a cross-disciplinary genre that combines science fiction, Afrocentrism, fantasy, technology, and non-Western mythologies as an intellectual and artistic strategy to reimagine and repurpose the fraught past, present, and future of the transnational black experience. Bringing together 13 artists and 33 photographic and video works that negotiate a range of Afro-Diasporic experiences, In Their Own Form prefaces personhood, both fantastical and actual, over perceived realities.

Highlights of the exhibition include Passage (2017), a video installation by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng, a three-channel, immersive work that examines the historical trauma of slavery, using science fiction themes of time travel and abduction to unpack how forced migration during the slave trade continues to impact the present-day black experience. Using Afrofuturist imagery, Senegalese artist Alun Be’s project Edification Series(2017) explores the impact of technology on contemporary African society, grappling with the complexities of possible futures while re-contextualizing the Western media’s static representation of the African continent. Multi-disciplinary French-Brazilianartist Alexis Peskine references the personal and collective African diasporic experience as well as black masculinity in his Aljana Moons(2015) series, chronicling a coming-of-age festival in a Senegalese village, filtered through a sci-fi lens with a markedly futuristic visual aesthetic. Other artists in the exhibition include Kudzanai Chiurai, Jim Chuchu, TejuCole, Ayana V. Jackson, Fabrice Monteiro, Zanele Muholi, Aida Muluneh, Paulo Nazareth, Zohra Opoku, and Mary Sibande.

Museum of Contemporary Photography IN THEIR OWN FORM
Alun - Be Potentiality (2017) Courtesy of the Artist


Now to July 8, 2018


Museum of Contemporary Photography

600 S. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60605



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