Recent LIU Brooklyn Alumnus Returns to Curate Exhibition and Performance that Explores Identity in the African Diaspora
“SITE Project” runs Oct. 4-Nov. 3 at campus in downtown Brooklyn
Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Performance artist and independent curator, Whitney V. Hunter, in association with LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater and Humanities gallery, will present “SITE Project” Oct. 4 -Nov. 3.
The exciting engagement includes two components: a month-long gallery exhibition and a two-day, staged performance.
“My intent with the ‘SITE Project,’ is to cultivate, through the vehicle of exhibition and performance, the African Diasporic collective consciousness. It is through these artistic means, that realities of identity, community and kinship can be revealed,” said Mr. Hunter, who earned an M.F.A in New Media Arts and Performance at LIU Brooklyn in May 2012.
The exhibition, presented Thursday, Oct. 4 - Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Humanities Gallery, features 10 artists from the African Diaspora, charged to respond to the theme of “site” through their own unique artistic processes and practices. Featured artists include: Ajamu Kojo Chioke Walker (mixed media artist), damali abrams (video/performance artist), Gabri Christa (filmmaker), Kantara Souffrant (installation artist), MyronChristian Macauley (photographer/visual artist), Nathaniel M. Quinn (painter), Nyugen E. Smith (sculptor/performance artist), Numa Perrier (video artist), Rodney K. Hurley (photographer) and Val-Inc (electronic music composer). The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
The stage performance, presented on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kumble Theater, will feature “da Travla” and “SITE.” “da Travla,” a collaborative work performed by Mr. Hunter and Preach R Sun (HBO Def poetry, and “One Man”), is a progressive, rhythmically intent, physical and aural journey, inspired by the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north during the early to mid 1900’s. The second work on the program, “SITE” (for which the project takes its name), is an ensemble piece performed by Whitney V. Hunter, Otis Donovan Herring, Youthen Joseph, Ricarrdo Valentine and Andre M. Zachery. It explores the theme of initiation as a practice of self-discovery and kinship. Tickets are $20; $15, students with LIU Brooklyn ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Kumble box office at 718-488-1624 or visit www.kumbletheater.org.
LIU is located at 1 University Plaza, at the corner of Dekalb and Flatbush Avenues. For more information, visit www.liu.edu/brooklyn.
Whitney V. Hunter is a Brooklyn-based performance and exhibition artist. He creates and curates work for the stage, gallery and alternative spaces, and directs his Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM], a project-based performance collective. For more information visit, www.whitneyhunter.com.
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