Curated by Niama Safia Sandy with support from the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, the Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures exhibition kicks off at Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 24. The show is a multimedia exploration of elements of blackness through the lens of days gone by and imaginings of what is yet to come across the Diaspora. The opening reception is scheduled for April 24 at 4:00 p.m.; RSVP at https://afropastsafrofutures.splashthat.com/. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, May 22; with the artist talk and other programming set for on Sunday, May 15.
Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures includes creative works made by cultural producers hailing from all corners of the African Diaspora including Roger Bonair-Agard, Arnold Butler, Delphine Fawundu, Soraya Jean Louis-McElroy, Charles Jean-Pierre, OddKINCreate, and DJ Underdog. The work in the exhibition travels through the gaze of our shared past through historiographic symbols as affixed together by OddKinCreate and Charles Jean-Pierre, through the backwoods in the shadows of a plantation in Roanoke, Virginia through Delphine Fawundu’s lens, to galactic landscapes as yet unchartered in the futuristic edits by Underdog. Putting the exhibition into context, Curator Niama Safia Sandy, explained,
“Magical realism is not merely a literary genre, but instead a very real actuality for we – the black and brown people of this earth. We smuggle the spiritual into every waking moment just as Afro-Futurism smuggles the intellectual and the axé (after Paul Carter Harrison and Sandra Jackson-Dumont) – the beauty and the power of our multitudinous voices – into the every day.”