Now Representing Onajide Shabaka
Emerson Dorsch is proud to announce that we are now representing Onajide Shabaka and his work. Gallery partner Tyler Emerson-Dorsch says, “I am very excited for this partnership with Onajide. I have been following his work for years. While preparing for his show Alosúgbe: a journey across time at the gallery, I became convinced that the scope and complexity of his oeuvre calls for deep engagement. His works can have an immediate and intimate aesthetic appeal while others have a slower burn; they trace his focused and sustained attention to stories in the African diaspora.”
Onajide Shabaka's practice is concerned with historical/biographical themes related to geography that include African diaspora and Native American cultures. Using ethnobotany, geology and the performative as aesthetic vehicles for investigating and making historical/ biographical themes, his art practice comes into being through complex institutions, histories, human experiences. Shabaka's writing and curatorial practice focuses largely on contemporary art and culture, and subject specific research.
Shabaka studied at California College of the Arts and received his MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, TX and Potsdam, Germany, among others. His work has been included in numerous group shows over the years, including exhibitions at Project Row Houses In Houston, TX, PRIZM Art Fair in Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami, Edna Manley College of the Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and Emerson Dorsch in Miami, to name a few. A consummate storyteller, Shabaka is also a thoughtful and generous cultural organizer. He presented at the recent Creative Time Summit, giving a walking tour called "Constellations: Deep Mapping Miami's Past, Present and Future" with Fereshteh Toosi. He curated DIRT: Yuta Suelo Udongo Te at the University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, a show which established artistic context for a fundamental concern of Shabaka's practice. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including, recently, The Ellies, a public sculpture commission for the Carrie Meek Foundation building in Opa Locka, FL, and a Wavemaker Grant. Born in Cincinnati, OH in 1948, he lives and works in Miami, FL.