19 May 2022
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How does grief transform in proximity to anti-Black racism? In this conversation, Nnebe and Lewis discuss the collaborative process behind an inheritance, which speculates around the articulation of grief as rage and as a mechanism with which to reclaim Black emotional subjectivity.
Through a deepened look at Nnebe’s practice and the Black feminist theory that widely informs it, the two explore themes of racialization, diasporic experience, epistemic violence, and restitution. The program thinks through the social and persistent conditions of grief, engaging compounding personal and structural issues within the complexities of Blackness. Throughout, Nnebe and Lewis reflect on the Afro-diasporic histories of rebellion that channel ingenuity, resourcefulness, and resistance, and the potential of rage to destroy and construct new possibilities in the aftermath of 2020.
Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian Canadian visual artist whose work has been exhibited at AXENEO7, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Place des Arts, the Art Gallery of Guelph, the Nia Centre for the Arts, Studio Sixty-Six, Z Art Space, Station 16, and the Mohr Gallery. She has given presentations at universities across Quebec, including Laval, McGill, and Concordia, and has facilitated workshops at the National Gallery of Canada, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and Redwood City High School in California. She is currently based in Ottawa.
Nya Lewis is Vancouver-based independent curator. Her hybrid practice is a culmination of African resistance, study, questions, and actions rooted in the theorization and daylighting of Black cultural production. She currently serves as the Interim Artistic Director at Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Research Assistant at the Centre for the Study of Black Canadian Diaspora, and guest curator Museum of Anthropology at UBC and grunt gallery.