Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College (CUNY) Presents Lamin Fofana BLUES (featuring Nicolas Premier and Jim C. Nedd)

Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery presents BLUES, an exhibition by Sierra Leone-born, Berlin-based musician and artist Lamin Fofana. The exhibition opens on Thursday, March 12, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and will be on view through May 22, 2020.

Lamin Fofana’s music is a conduit for engaging with an array of issues involving blackness, migration, displacement, and race through collective listening. Fofana creates spaces for contemporary black life in the West that are informed by his interest in history and the sonic and “allow for dreaming and imagining other ways of being” which foreground non-linear thinking and experience. The exhibition centers on a trilogy of sound works comprising the albums Black MetamorphosisDarkwater, and Blues that engage with seminal texts by Sylvia Wynter, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Amiri Baraka to reflect on historical and epistemological trajectories of contemporary social and political thought through the lens of Black Studies. These works will be presented alongside videos and photographs by Fofana and his collaborators Jim C. Nedd and Nicolas Premier. – Read more here.

Fugitive Dreams // Refracted Gazes at The Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2019)

‘Fugitive Dreams / A Scattering of Spiral and Elliptical Galaxies’ was part of the group exhibition called Refracted Gazes at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. The show took place in conjunction with the inaugural edition of Membrane Festival. With Vitjitua Ndjiharine, Janine Jembere, Nicole Suzuki, and Luisa Prado De O Martins Project Space Römerstr. 2A, Stuttgart, Germany.

Witness // University of Disaster at The Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2017)

‘Witness’ was part of the University of Disaster at the Venice Biennial 2017. It was a psychogeographic soundmap in memory of Pateh Sabally, a 22-year-old refugee from Gambia, who “threw himself” in the waters of Venice’s Grand Canal in January 2017 and drowned while onlookers shouted racist comments and recorded the suicide. The piece is a direct response to this tragedy and searches for possible spaces of empathy in the city of Venice. The accompanying map gives an approximate, fragmented guidance to the listener-viewer and tries to respond graphically to this “Unfolding Human Drama” by questioning proximity and distance, material and immaterial presences. With Radenko Milak, Roman Uranjek, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Loulou Cherinet, Geraldine Juárez with Joel Danielsson, Nils Bech with Ida Ekblad at Palazzo Malipiero 3198 San Marco 30124 Venice, Italy.