LACE’s 2021 Emerging Curators explore the future of Black Life.
How can world-building manifest Black sovereignty?
Alex Jones and Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye, selected as the 2021 Emerging Curators at LACE, will stage PARABLE 003, an exhibition that draws on the long and storied history of Black communities and settlements as tools of resistance. “From quilombos and maroons to The Black Panther Party — as well as Octavia Butler’s unfinished Parable of the Sower trilogy, PARABLE 003 sees space-making as the ultimate revolutionary act.”
The exhibition is a blueprint for the future, inviting artists to use the model of planned cities/communities to explore how world-building can be used as a method for manifesting Black sovereignty. Artists’ work will incorporate visual, material, and/or cultural aspects of a new free Black state to create a workshop for developing revolutionary tools. California’s histories as a major site of Black migration, radical participation, and experimental living lay the groundwork for PARABLE 003’s investigation of the power of place in envisioning and shaping progressive futures.
Kevin Bernard Moultrie Daye [KBMD™] makes music, designs, curates, fabricates, and is a founding member of SPACE INDUSTRIES. His work focuses on how issues of climate and identity, material and culture intersect in spatial theory. He received his Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley, and his Bachelors of Philosophy from UCLA. Currently he is an Architectural Designer at EHDD in San Francisco.
Alex Jones is an art historian in the fields of modern and contemporary Black Diasporic Art. His curatorial work interrogates the subjective and cultural faculties of Black existence. He received his Master of Arts in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s from Brown University. Currently he is a graduate curatorial research fellow at the Getty Research Institute working with the African American Art History Initiative.
About the Emerging Curator Program – This program is designed to discover curatorial talent in Los Angeles and provides an opportunity for an emerging curator or curatorial team to partner with LACE. Proposals are reviewed by a panel that recommends a compelling project to the LACE team consistent with LACE’s experimental spirit. Thank you to this year’s panel: Essence Harden, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, and Gelare Khoshgozarian who selected the curators for the 6th iteration of this LACE signature program.
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