In conjunction with the exhibition Ineffable Blaze, curator Jessica Karuhanga commissioned two new texts by Jared Brown and Aurel Haize Odogbo.
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Editors: Nehal El-Hadi, Letticia Cosbert
Design: Sameer Farooq, NEW INK
Printer: Vide Press
Jared Brown is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. Their work constructs a mythology around their origins and archives their existence as a black celestial being. In recent work, Jared Brown is broadcasting audio and text based work through the radio, in live DJ sets, and on social media. Jared Brown is a data thief, understanding this role from John Akomfrah’s description of the data thief as a figure that does not belong to the past or present. As a data thief, Jared Brown makes archaeological digs for fragments of black American subculture, history and technology. They repurpose these fragments in audio, text, and video to investigate the relationship between history and digital, immaterial space. Jared Brown is interested in exposing the contradictions and complexity within black American subculture. They consider these gaps and slippages as a type of code that holds the key to a personal and collective future.
Aurel Haize Odogbo is a multidisciplinary artist from Baltimore, Maryland but based in New York, New York. She attended Parsons: The New School For Design and studied Fine Arts during her time there. In her work, Odogbo explores and interrogates ideas around the multiplicity of identity ie. gender, race, sexuality and how they all intersect, usually told in very abstracted narrative forms. The mediums that she uses to manifest these abstracted narratives of navigating the world are writing, performance, video compilations, and illustrations.
Jessica Karuhanga is an artist working through drawing, movement and video. She has presented her work at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto (2017), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2016), Goldsmiths, London (2016). She has performed lectures for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum as well as Harvard University and Tisch School of the Arts at NYU’s Black Portraitures Series. She earned her BFA from Western University and her MFA from University of Victoria.