Conversation: The work of Arthur Jafa and 2020
As part of ICA Miami’s Online Learning initiative, join artist Rohan Ayinde and Youth Programs Coordinator Itzel Basualdo in a conversation about critical race theory as a starting point. The focus of the talk will discuss Arthur Jafa’s LeRage, The White Album, blackness, present-day manifestations of whiteness amid the coronavirus crisis, and the recent wave of protests that have emerged following the death of George Floyd.
It is highly recommended to prepare for the forum by visiting our Arthur Jafa activity guide. Once you’ve completed the exercise, take a look at the follow-up questions, and hold those thoughts for the online conversation.
Rohan Ayinde is a Chicago-based artist, writer, and curator. A recent Masters graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he is the recipient of the New Artist Society Scholarship and The MA Visual and Critical Studies Graduate Fellowship Award. His interdisciplinary work is centered around creating “otherwise” potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in doing so, breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. Most often the landscapes he explores are rooted in questions about quantum physics, black radical aesthetics, and architecture. Rohan is the gallery manager for Blanc Gallery in Chicago and is a 2020 curatorial fellow with ACRE. He has been featured in Dazed, Gal-Dem Magazine, The Seen, and The Guardian and has worked with VICE, LUSH, and The San Francisco Chronicle among others.
Itzel Basualdo b. 1995 lives and works in Miami, Florida. Itzel received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and a BFA from Florida International University. She primarily works at the intersection of video, photography, and text, to create interactive environments. Working through a dynamic understanding of her sense of place and belonging as a woman and Latinx artist, Basualdo’s work seeks to destabilize and dismantle hierarchies of race and gender through humor and defamiliarization. Her work has been exhibited at La Cera 13, LOOP Barcelona, Void Projects, and has forthcoming shows at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum and Heaven Gallery (Chicago). Her writing has appeared in The Acentos Review, Creative Nonfiction magazine, Ginger Magazine, among others, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018.