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LATITUDES in Afro-Latnix Art

Latitude refers to a place and a celestial object concerning the equatorial mark we humans invented. It is an imaginary line around the globe.  It both occupies north and south imaginations. In inviting Latitudes, we invite practices that engage with the Afro-Latinx expressions in their diversities, expansions, and imaginations. Across the Americas and the skies, under and above the oceans.


Upon arrival, the artworks here displayed occupy the space forming a complicidad in African Diaspora. Complicity between forms, materials, colors, disciplines, artists and - we dream and imagine - between countries where our ancestors' sounds and frequencies claim participation.


We invite you to imagine complicity with us.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Cultures and Histories, Brown Gallery and Museum 

Initiations presents a gathering of six artists who engage with multiple photographic formats, video, film, music, writing, printmaking, and space-making. Placed and arranged between light and shadows, each work invites a choreographic engagement through varied gestures: walking, pausing, listening, looking, and turning around. Visitors and artworks orbit around one another. The entanglement of multimedia and interdisciplinary artworks creates a cosmos of voices and visualities, a texture that eludes purity in a confluence of aesthetic ideas from artists of our time.

Nyugen E. Smith processes the world surrounding him/us through music, sonic assemblages, beats, photographic archives, and video, taking us to a multi-sensorial critical engagement with contemporaneity and our shared need for relief. Adrienne Jacob Oliver creates a space for poetic critical affect and multitemporal literacies - a Sankofic attunement, as she calls it. Leticia Clementina both exceeds and evades expectations in a photographic mini-series that centers on divine abundance. Andres L. Hernandez multiplies, repeats, and reaffirms the positionality of Abbey Lincoln as an American Icon by repurposing footage from a televised performance of songs from the Max Roach album We Insist! (Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite). Ibrahim Ahmed edits, cuts, layers, deconstructs, and challenges fixed notions of masculinity in anti-monumental photo collages guided by love. Through a visual game of hidden/revealing, Jasmine Clarke creates lyrical, haunting images to examine our notions of home and family.

150 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC

M-F 8 am to 5 pm

Feb 20th to May 12th


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