Sending and Receiving: a conversation about making connections through art

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Featuring Alexandria Eregbu (artist), Rami George (artist), and Larry Ossei-Mensah, (Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit).

Join Larry Ossei-Mensah, Senior Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and ARTNOIR cofounder, as he speaks with Here From Youartists Alexandria Eregbu and Rami George about their work and the possibilities art opens for connecting over expanses of time, distance, generations, and geography.

Alexandria Eregbu is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. Her practice and research refers to lived experience and the natural world as a resource to meditate on both the power of individual existence and the potency of collectivized efforts towards radical and spiritual transformation. As an artist, Alexandria’s dynamic practice has illuminated pathways globally, nationally, and throughout the Midwest. She has held fellowships with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International (New Orleans, New York City, Martinique); and The Camargo Foundation/3Arts Residency (France). Amongst her curatorial projects, du monde noir is an artistically run collective that seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Alexandria serves as a Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities and their two-year initiative, “Envisioning Justice.” She is an MA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Visual + Critical Studies.

Rami George is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Philadelphia. They have exhibited and screened internationally, and continue to be motivated by political struggles and fractured narratives.

Larry Ossei-Mensah is a Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic who uses contemporary art and culture as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. He has organized exhibitions and projects with artists at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from, including: Firelei Báez, Ruby Amanze, Hugo McCloud, Brendan Fernandes and Peter Williams. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as the Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He also is a co-founder of the 501c3 ARTNOIR in addition to being a mentor in the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC.

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