On Wednesday, March 23rd, Ajamu (artist, archival activist, and the current Residency Unlimited / Visual AIDS Curatorial Resident) and Sur Rodney (Sur) (artist, archivist, and curator) will discuss the significance of Ajamu’s work and curatorial process, exploring the history and stakes in curating art and archives by artists of color in America and internationally.
Hosted in the Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery at the Syracuse University Lubin House in NYC, the conversation will take place amidst Rotimi F ani-Kayode (1955 – 1989), an exhibition orignially presented at Light Work, and curated in collaboration with Mark Sealy and Renée Mussai of Autograph ABP, whose co-founder and first Chair was Rotimi Fani-Kayode.
Ajamu, a London based artist, has a lot of history with Light Work: he was the third Light Work Artist-in-Residence selected in our ongoing partnership with Autograph ABP, the most recent of whom was Marcia Michael. You can find Ajamu alongside Tony Gleaton, Elijah Gowin, Rita Hammond, and many others in Contact Sheet 102. His self-portrait “Untitled, Nov. 1998” was also included in Wounding the Black Male: Photographs from the Light Work Collection, an exhibition investigating exploitation of the the black male body, curated by Cassandra Jackson and Sarah Cunningham.