Featuring the visual work of writer and visual artist, Krista Franklin, this exhibition is inspired by Angela Davis – Seize the Time on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum in Rutgers–New Brunswick. In the artist’s own words:
“My work emerges at the intersection of poetics, popular culture, and the dynamic histories of the African Diaspora. The Fantastic, the surreal, mythmaking, Black portraiture, and the collective conscious are conceptual preoccupations of my work. The forms take shape in collage, hand papermaking, installation, poetry, letterpress, altered bookmaking and performance. I appropriate image and text as political gesture; to chisel away at narratives historically inscribed on women and people of color, and forge imaginative spaces for radical possibilities and visions. Black ritual, the metaphysical and the Black nostalgic are core concerns in my practice. I orchestrate the collision of past, present and future, and mine historical and fictional memory for artistic content.” – Krista Franklin
Angela Davis – Seize the Time focuses on Davis and her image, providing a compelling and layered narrative of Davis’s journey through the junctures of race, gender, and economic and political policy. It positions Angela Davis as a continuing touchstone for contemporary artists who reference her history as a political icon and her texts on revolution, feminisms, and incarceration.
Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts’ exhibitions and education programs are made possible in part by an award from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.