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Date & Time

Friday, August 18, 2017
12:00 PM

Location

Off Campus (see description)

Admission

free and open to the public

More Information

http://csrpc.uchicago.edu/programs/remain_to_be_seen/

Contact

Arts and Public Life

artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu

Description

Fufu & Grits curated by YAW at Currency Exchange Café (305 E Garfield Blvd) presented as part of the "Remain To Be Seen" exhibition.

"Remain To Be Seen" showcases the culminating work of the 2016-17 Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture Artists-in-Residence, Yaw Agyeman, Lauren Ash, and Stephen Flemister. The ten-month residency program, housed at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park, supports Chicago-based multi-disciplinary artists whose practices critically engage issues of race, ethnicity, and community. "Remain To Be Seen" exhibits Agyeman, Ash, and Flemister’s reflections on self, identity, power, and visibility through sculpture, painting, installations, video, and sound.

About YAW
Yaw Agyeman is an interdisciplinary performing artist born in Chicago. He works primarily as a musician/sound designer but also has an extensive theater background (actor) and makes photos. Yaw’s work addresses language as cultural currency. His work also uses space as a way to share music, community, and culture.

He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, Mister Chickee's Funny Money (Chicago Children's Theater). The play features music from the Motown great, Lamont Dozier. He has been featured on VH1's Soul Cities a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country, as well as on the Africa Channel's, Soundtracks at Red Kiva, a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Currently, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, Black Monks of Mississippi, headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates.

He has performed at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C., the Biennale in Venice, the Menial Collection in Houston, the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, White Cube in London, documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany, Art Basel in Miami and the Whitney Biennial. His video work, den na ma ye, was exhibited at the American University in Washington D.C and at the Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College in Chicago.

In April, the Black Monks released three vinyl records and premiered a documentary in Helsinki at the IHME Contemporary Art Festival. He is a performer in the production, Pehlotah which will show at the Kennedy Center and Brooklyn Art Museum and will tour at other venues in 2017 and 2018.

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