Art Against Oppression
Today many minority groups are raising their voices against oppression and therefore feel threatened. Art is a weapon for freedom of expression resulting into quite a few exhibitions at the moment around the subject of oppression. Black Dada form language is created by Adam Pendleton. It is a critical articulation of blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. (image)
Adam Pedleton speaks about the importance of minority groups to rewrite their narrative. His art is a way to talk about the future while talking about the past. Exhibition is on at Pace gallery, London.
South African artist Kemang Wa Lehulere’s work is a reflection of recent history of apartheid. He uses unusual materials like chalk and wooden cabinets. It is political art to create discussion.
Wa Lehulere became an artist after years of social activism. In 2006 he co-founded Gugulective, an artist-led collective based in the former township of Gugulethu, Cape Town, and his energies were devoted entirely to socially- and community-engaged performative actions.
Exhibition is on at Marian Goodman gallery.
Senegalese artist Omar Victor Diop photographs are recasting and re-writing history of the global politics & black resistance. He explores black identity by using himself as the main character in the portrait photographs.
His re-creations remind us that protests are more than physical actions. They are cultural events in which clothing and style are are form of political expression.
The exhibition is on at Autograph gallery.