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Exhibition: Radical Love at Ford Foundation, NY

We will be presenting a version of I Am Queen Mary at an exhibition at the Ford Foundation Social Justice Gallery.

This is a free event with Registration.

Exhibition Opening
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Through the theme of Utopian Imagination, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery's inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, Perilous Bodies (March 4 - May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. Radical Love responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.

Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, “Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.” The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered.

Curated by Jaishri Abichandani and Natasha Becker. Exhibiting Artists: Sue Austin ~ La Vaughn Belle & Jeannette Ehlers ~ Maria Berrio ~ Raúl de Nieves ~ Omar Victor Diop ~ Vanessa German ~ Jah Grey ~ Baseera Khan ~ Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt ~ McCallum & Tarry: Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry ~ Rashaad Newsome ~ Ebony G. Patterson ~ Jody Paulsen ~ Thania Petersen ~ Lina Puerta ~ Faith Ringgold ~ Athi-Patra Ruga ~ Nep Sidhu ~ Rose B. Simpson ~ Imani Uzuri ~ Lina Iris Viktor

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One year anniversary update

31st March 2019 marked a year since the inauguration of I Am Queen Mary. And what a year! I Am Queen Mary has received a tremendous amount of attention globally and has proved that there’s a huge need for counter images to the domination of white male statues in public space. I Am Queen Mary has challenged Danish colonial amnesia while recognizing the legacies of resistance of those who survived and fought against it. The project also challenges the notion of whiteness with an alternative representation in an image of an empowered historical, present and futuristic black woman, giving recognition to black and brown peoples. We are proud that I Am Queen Mary has created a critical dialogue about the role of public art both near and far. Although like many impactful works, it has not been without criticism and even vandalism. We however fully expect the project to continue as it is becoming recognized as an important addition to the city of Copenhagen. It receives many visitors everyday, even those who have specifically traveled to Copenhagen to bear witness. We are happy to announce that with great support and wonderful enthusiasm from the private and public sector, both in Copenhagen and in the Virgin Islands, that we are working on making a permanent version in bronze in both locations. We still need to work on the funding of it all but anticipate a great deal of involvement as soon as we have the formalities in place.

For now we have been granted permission to extend the project in front of the Royal Cast Collection for another year.

Please keep checking out our recently added “NEWS” section of our website for the most current information on the project including speaking engagements and exhibitions.

Thank you for your continued interest and engagement with our project.  

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