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DRAKE TV: Chronology, Curated by Zviko Mhakayakora

June 19, 2017 - Nov. 1, 2017

Giselle Mira Diaz,

David Ofori Zapparoli,

Chronology: The timeless lens through which we analyze acts of silencing racialized bodies

10 Years by Giselle Mira Diaz presents an autobiographical account of immigration, family, and conflict. Diaz examines her personal archives through video portraits. Using a voice-over narration and performance, Diaz takes us through the 50-year history of intergenerational violence in Colombia that resulted in the displacement and silencing of thousands of people including her family.

The 1884 Blues by David Ofori Zapparoli draws on ideas from the following films: Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. To symbolize the European invasion, seizing and occupation during the Scramble for Afrika, Zapparoli borrows the music of Johann Strauss II’s Blue Danube. A map of the Afrikan continent is interwoven with brief appearances of a Black body. Our gaze falls upon the Black subject who throughout the video does not speak.

Together these works explore themes of conflict, colonization, colonial influence, the gaze, racialized bodies, displacement, and forms of silencing. These works delve into the processes of learning and reflecting about the various histories that make us who we are today while validating existence.

This exhibition was curated by Zviko Mhakayakora.


Exhibition on view every day at 4 PM + 10 PM.