Are We Free?
In Contemplation of Freedom
A collective examination of what it means to be free using sound, photography, performance art, visual art, text, film, debate, and sculpture.
ABOUT THE EVENT SERIES
Since creativity thrives within boundaries, this show will be a visual, textual, and sculptural testament to our collective creative ability. Together, we’ll navigate the societal and spiritual constraints of Blackness.
Is freedom something that is gifted or taken? Does freedom truly exist in this material world and if so where do we find it? Or is it a feeling and experience we discover?
Through our respective mediums, using sculpture, sound, text, and illustration, we’ll navigate and tell the stories of the various obstacles that are ever present in our unique experience as Black individuals and artists.
Our black bodies do not endanger us, they instead enable practice, exploration, and curiosity. The freedom that exists for us now is through our art and imagination. Through organizing this show, we aim to connect individual creation with the validation and strength that is afforded by community.
The exhibit features emerging artists over 21 years old, many of whom are nontraditional students coming to art with life and work experience.
Our aim to make collaborative art within our communities and for our communities.
We have also invited more established artists to share their work in a setting that is accessible to communities that don’t often get to experience art for them and by them.
Every month or so, we’ll activate the spaces and artwork through music, hands-on workshops, performance art pieces, debates/discussions and film screenings.
Through this approach, art will no longer be a static representation of form to be passively consumed, but will act as a catalyst for the sharing of ideas and concepts.
PHOTOS BY STEVE DOLLAS
OUR CURATORIAL TEAM
In alphabetical order
Originally hailing from Guyana and currently a resident of Brooklyn NY, Alisha has an extensive background in fashion retail, personal shopping and a keen eye for emerging talent. Alisha’s future goal is to become a Curator with a background in Library Studies.
Delano is a Brooklyn- based writer and visual artist whose work focuses on how POC navigate the intersections of cultural identity. He has been featured in group shows at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, NM and The Spazi Gallery in Housatonic, MA. James Baldwin is, and will always be, his creative muse.
Cinematographer, Creative Director and Creative Strategist, Kareem has a passion for finding ways to blend collectivistic ideologies with individualistic ones to challenge the status quo and to create a community that unifies the voiceless. Kareem helps shape and capture the visual experience of what GrowHouse NYC represents.
Mer Sea is a visual and text-based artist whose work inspects the effects of consumption, displacement, language and relationships on the self. A Black American woman of Caribbean descent, her multiple lives converge and immerse in the representative as well as the non-descript.
Roxanne has worked with various political groups organizing poverty stricken communities. She has arranged political education classes and organized workshops to educate these communities. In addition, Roxanne is a collage artist and photographer.
An artist whose media include performance, film, textiles and writing that focus on the African diasporic experience, Shanna co-founded GrowHouse NYC to provide art, technology, and travel opportunities for underserved neighborhoods in her home borough of Brooklyn.
A published author, filmmaker, and photographer, Steven channels his energy into forming unforgettable experiences for all viewers and participants alike. His future goals include directing feature films and TV shows, publishing more novels, and running a production studio.
Co-founder of GrowHouse NYC, Warner is a visual and performance artist who’s passionate about transforming underserved communities around the globe using art as a medium for conversation and transformation.
LGBT Outreach Specialist/Advocate and artist whose media include dance, performance, spoken word. Tevahn Brown has an extended background in fashion styling,
a people’s person and has a keen eye of for the arts and public relations, Tevahn is of Jamaican background based in Brooklyn.
Tiffany is an emerging multimedia artist out of Brownsville, Brooklyn whose work visualizes black futures. With an eclectic style of multifaceted art, she prides herself as a woman on the move.