Black Value Opening on February 8

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Black Value
Black History Month Florence III Edizione at Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte
Curated by Janine Gäelle Dieudji e Justin Randolph Thompson
Opening Thursday 8 February 2018, 6:00pm
8 February–17 March 2018

Black Value is an exhibition coorganized with the American Academy in Rome and with the support of Galleria Continua that examines the contemporary dynamism of marginalized people in the context of a continuously shifting sociocultural landscape that challenges traditionally prescribed communal, geographical, and political realities. Drawing upon past and present Rome Prize Fellows from the American Academy in Rome, the show features a range of work by artists actively probing global perspectives, transnational aspirations, pluralized histories, and meditations on distance from the vantage point of US nationals abroad. 

Renegotiating societal perceptions of value these works transcend the posturing of binary logic and resonate with uncharted mythologies that shake their implicit allusions to a hurriedly superficial characterization of their creators. Blackness in the global context and the historical romanticism of an outsider’s point of view on US history and sociopolitical currents resonate in these works that shatter the constraints of a black American monolith.

Participating artists: current Rome Prize winners Sanford Biggers, Abigail DeVille, and Beverly McIver; and Fellows Kevin Jerome Everson (2002), Lyle Ashton Harris (2001), Senam Okudzeto (2015), and Nari Ward (2012).

Black Value
8 February–17 March 2018
Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte
Via delle Belle Donne 39r
Florence, Italy
Open Tuesday to Friday, from 3:00 to 7:00pm or by appointment
Tel: +39 335316349 / +39 055 214757