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"KONDISHUN EN BLAQ: Contemporary Urban Existence in African America, a Multi-Media Exhibition and Performance by Ikemefuna"
2001-02-09 until 2001-03-31
Fells Point Creative Alliance
USA United States of America
Given his name by a Nigerian chief, 26 year-old artist Ikemefuna
(aka Denham Fassett) has traveled America, Africa and the
Caribbean exploring his African-American, Jamaican and
Native-American roots. In a multi-media exhibition and evening
of performance this passionate young artist takes a fiercely honest,
yet hopeful look at the state of his culture.
Painting the gallery walls dark colors, and darkening the floors
Ikemefuna references an urban corner. His work speaks to
violent encounters straight from contemporary news accounts
wether it be Amadou Diallo portrayed through a vibrantly colored
collage or just another night in the drug economy of a West
Baltimore neighborhood dramatically outlined in wet charcoal.
Collages created collaboratively with students of Park School
during a residency with the artist will also be displayed.
Ikemefuna hosts performances reprising themes of his exhibition.
Reading by the poet Babu L'Salaam. Oakland, California
storyteller Awele Makeba weaves tales. Zanza Indigenous
Music Collective with founder Ikemefuna on kalimbas of his own
making, Babu L'Salaam on abuzafon, Jamal Moore on congas,
djembe, flute and saxophone, and DinDin on kalimba and
percussive surfaces including water jugs, vegetable slicers, and
other eccentric materials. And other special guests. New Ground
Floor offers a cash bar and casual, post-auto parts store ambiance.
Coinciding with Ikemefuna's exhibition, the Creative Alliance
will host a forum to discuss the impact of issues of race on
Baltimore's cultural community. The forum Race in the Arts
in Baltimore, is on Sat. Mar.24 from 10am-1pm. It is free.