Sep 11th 2018

Du Monde Noir

@ Chicago Artists Coalition

2130 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Tuesday, September 11th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Thursday, September 13th

As part of programming for the exhibition Leaf by Leaf, join Du Monde Noir for an evening of conversation about black ecologies and Surrealism in the context of the Caribbean. Co-founded by Devin Cain, Krista Franklin, and Alexandria Eregbu, the collective seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African Diaspora in the U.S and abroad. They will be discussing their most recent research in Martinique in dialogue with Chelsea Frazier, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University in African-American Studies.


About Leaf by Leaf


Leaf by Leaf
India Martin, “Money”, 2018
India Martin, “Money”, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018 – 6:00pm to Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 5:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, August 24, from 6-9 pm

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Leaf by Leaf, a HATCH Projects exhibition featuring works by Whit Forrester, India Martin, and Yasmin Spiro.

There is a force of exultation, a celebration of luck, when a writer finds himself a witness to the early morning of a culture that is defining itself, branch by branch, leaf by leaf, in that self-defining dawn…. Then the noun, the “Antilles” ripples like brightening water, and the sounds of leaves, palm fronds, and birds are the sounds of a fresh dialect, the native tongue. The personal vocabulary…joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island.

-Derek Walcott, The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory; the Nobel Lecture, 1992

Inspired by the prose of Saint Lucian poet Derek Walcott, Leaf by Leaf presents three Chicago-based artists examining geography’s connection to power, placemaking, and cultural identity. Through the media of photography and installation, Whit Forrester, India Martin, and Yasmin Spiro explore how experiences specific to diasporic communities are inscribed into postcolonial topographies and their natural ecosystems. In Leaf by Leaf, portraits of house plants referencing botany’s colonial history are in dialogue with sublime landscape photographs of Hawaiian foliage, or contrasted against repetitive grids patterns woven into sculptures inspired by urban development in Kingston, Jamaica. By exploring elements from organic environments–wood, gold, sunlight, bodies of water, plant life–and human-made materials from urban cities, they forge connections across transnational borders and ancestral homelands.

Whit Forrester, India Martin, and Yasmin Spiro draw from the frameworks of decolonization, systemic power structures, postcolonial ecology, social politics and ritual to understand cultural diasporas as networks of connected identities, not fractured communities. Together, artists in Leaf by Leaf challenge narratives surrounding colonialism and imperialism to demonstrate how our relationship to the living world is the conduit that has allowed us to exist as a moving organism of interdependent, diasporic relations.

Leaf by Leaf is curated by Sabrina E. Greig.


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