(State College, USA)
The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present “Still Here”, featuring Cinthia Marcelle. From January 21 to March 22, HUB Gallery in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus exhibits eight films (by Larry Achiampong, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Third Horizon, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Melo-X, Helina Metaferia, and Joiri Minaya, besides Marcelle).
The group show is curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Kiara Ventura and Dexter Wimberly and explores “stories of migration, displacement and survival by eight artists that represent a spectrum of the African Diaspora”. The films tell the stories of black people who create connections between their ancestral pasts and their complex present identities, forming an in-between state resulting from displacement and living in the Western world.
The works in the exhibition use images to highlight the rituals and traditions that persevere and evolve, despite the historical ripple effects of colonialism and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. “Still Here” underscores the resilience of people of the African Diaspora, and how images can serve as a device to demonstrate how these communities have developed tactics, language and strategies to assert their agency and sovereignty. With simplified movement and one continuous still shot, Cinthia Marcelle orchestrated 16 musicians to meet at the center of a crossroads, battle, and leave playing music in harmony, emphasizing that all parties are still remaining in the end.
“Still Here”, group show with Cinthia Marcelle
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Kiara Ventura and Dexter Wimberly
From January 21 to March 22, 2020
312 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Working hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily