Still Here explores stories of migration, displacement, and survival in films by eight artists that represent a spectrum of the African Diaspora. The works in this exhibition use moving images as conduit to highlight the rituals and traditions that persevere and evolve, despite the oppressive historical ripple effects of colonialism and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Through practices and tools of survival such as migrating, defending, dancing, gathering, praying, and claiming agency over one’s body, the works in this exhibition demonstrate that black and brown bodies are not here for consumption of the white gaze, nor are they passive beings upon whom actions are done or inflicted. Instead, the film’s subjects investigate and enact strategies to deeply connect with parts of their personal and collective narratives that have been overlooked or erased by dominant Eurocentric historical accounts.
Films by Larry Achiampong, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Third Horizon (Jason Fitzroy Jeffer), Carlos Javier Ortiz, Cinthia Marcelle, Melo-X, Helina Metaferia, and Joiri Minaya
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Dexter Wimberly and Kiara Ventura, Still Here was originally organized at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco from May 8 through August 11, 2019.
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