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Utopian Imagination at the Ford Foundation Gallery | AFROPUNK.com

by Diana McClure

A three-part exhibition masterminded by a trio of women and a forward-thinking institution, under the theme of Utopian Imagination, is about to drop in New York City. The exhibit’s first act, which opens on March 5th, inaugurating the new gallery space run by the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice, is called Perilous Bodies and it unfurls like an epic masterpiece, with raw, honest investigations into violence across the globe.

Tiffany Chung, “finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble”(2014), 31 handcrafted mahogany wooden boxes, found photos printed on plexiglas, LED lights, electrical wire, 13.5 x 144 x 40 inches (Image courtesy of Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York)

Tiffany Chung, “finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble”(2014), 31 handcrafted mahogany wooden boxes, found photos printed on plexiglas, LED lights, electrical wire, 13.5 x 144 x 40 inches (Image courtesy of Tyler Rollins Fine Art, New York)

Grounded in the wisdom that there is no learning without reflection, the exhibition’s curators Jaishri Abichandani and Natasha Becker, in collaboration with the leadership of Lisa Kim, director of the Ford Foundation Gallery, felt it was crucial to first look at the pathology of human violence. The selections on view deconstruct injustice through visceral and emotive works of art. Brought together, they reveal the shared and interconnected fragility of a world infused with violence, displacement and individual suffering. Conceptually, bodies of knowledge, of land, and physical bodies are used as sites of both inquiry and testimony by the 19 featured artists.

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