Photo by Julienne Schaer
M’Dear: Reclaiming Our Seat at the Table
MoCADA, Nolan Park
Weekly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starting from May 5, 2023, until Oct 30, 2023
Nolan Park - Nolan Park - Building 7A
The M’Dear Project is a multimedia exhibition curated by cultural producer and filmmaker Crystal Whaley, featuring a wide breadth of rising women-identified artists whose works, which include paintings, photography, textile art, video, audio/oral pieces and installations, honor the power of the great Mother – the Matriarch – the ever present feminine principle centered prominently throughout the African diaspora.
The M’Dear Project addresses access to and denial of agency, expression of identity, while exploring the roots of invisibility, themes of silence, co-opting and trivializing the concept of the Great Mother for amusement’s sake. Resisting stereotypes, M’Dear exists within a context of the gender power duality of masculine/feminine, as she is the matriarch often giving final counsel while imparting the loving guide of a nurturing mother. She expresses power and leadership through her unwavering perseverance.
MoCADA is one of the 2023 Governors Island Arts Organizations in Residence
Getting to Nolan Park
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