Decolonizing the Land,
Decolonizing the Mind

Aviva Rahmani, Blued Trees, Brush Mountain Virginia 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Aviva Rahmani, Blued Trees, Brush Mountain Virginia 2016. Courtesy the artist.

ABOG presents the premiere of four new FIELDWORKS films in a special program that encompasses performance, screening, and conversation. In Decolonizing the Land, Decolonizing the Mind, we’ll imagine a more inclusive future in which indigenous and POC communities are thriving and creating alternative systems and technologies to protect people and the environment, disrupting longstanding biases and imperialist aggression. The program is presented in conjunction with the BRIC exhibition, Mary Mattingly: What Happens After?, a new multimedia commission that explores the connection between mineral mining and the massive military industrial complex and its profound effects on the environment, individuals, and communities.

The program will open with a short performance by artist Maria Hupfield (Wasauksing First Nation), whose multi-media art reflects her resistance to Western essentializing of Native artists as interchangeable producers of exotic cultural experiences. She will perform on a stage transformed from a 19,000-pound military vehicle into a space for reimagining a public life together through the re-use of objects with violent histories.

The performance will be followed by film screenings documenting projects by ABOG Fellows Aviva Rahmani, Rick Lowe, Black Quantum Futurism, and Stephanie Dinkins. The films demonstrate artistic practices that tackle such challenges as protecting lands from fracking; combating xenophobia against refugees; fighting gentrification through Afrofuturist philosophies; and exposing how racism is built into emergent artificial intelligence technology. A conversation with ABOG Fellows Mary Mattingly and Stephanie Dinkins, as well as Maria Hupfield, will follow.  

This program is free and open to the public. RSVP here.


Mary Mattingly

Mary Mattingly, from “What Happens After?” at BRIC, 2018

Mary Mattingly, Cobalt, 2018

Mary Mattingly, Cobalt, from “What Happens After?” at BRIC, 2018

ABOG public programs are made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the support of the American Chai Trust; and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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