Hold These Truths

November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018

February 9 - April 21, 2018

Kamau Ware

Black Solidarity, 2016
Video installation and digital print on canvas
Video duration: 6 minutes
Print 45 x 36 inches
Commissioned for Remix Rememory

Kamau Ware illuminates the underrepresented stories of the African diaspora in New York City through the intersection of historical research, community consciousness-raising, and art making. In 2010, Ware founded the Black Gotham Experience, a collective that shares New York City’s Black heritage with the public through walking tours and visual storytelling, filling the gaping “black hole” of historical records with creative retellings of the past.

Black Solidarity confronts the absence of robust archival material surrounding the enigmatic figure of Tom Lloyd, a sculptor, community organizer, and advocate for Black arts and culture who operated the Store Front Museum in Jamaica, Queens, from 1971 to 1985. Inspired by Lloyd’s rejection of mainstream art institutions in favor of direct community engagement, Ware’s Black Solidarity acts as a creative intervention, occupying a crucial role for re-remembering underrepresented histories that influence the Jamaica of today.