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Oolite Arts Presents Place as Pilgrimage: Onajide Shabaka

June 2, 2022

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On view: June 1- Aug. 21 2022

Represented artist Onajide Shabaka unveils Windows at Walgreens presented by Oolite Arts

PLACE AS PILGRIMAGE – Is there a topic more thoroughly analyzed as freedom? Whose liberties are the framing of your investigation? “Place as Pilgrimage” invites thinking in terms of legacy from enslavement to civil rights and to a mediation of freedom in a postcolonial, post apartheid, post civil right moment. Within a liminal and transitional space we are offered a possible conceptual terrain beyond the present.

About the Artist
Onajide Shabaka, is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner, and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Shabaka was awarded an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and he is represented by Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida.

Shabaka’s practice is connected through historical and biographical themes related to ethnobotany and geography that include African diaspora and Native American cultures.

Onajide Shabaka has been artist in residence at Suriname Botanical Research Residency, DVCAI, Paramaribo, Suriname; AIRIE Everglades Artist Residency, Everglades National Park, FL; Project Row Houses, Visiting Artist, Houston, TX; DVCAI Artist Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; selected participant in international cultural exchanges in, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, and awarded grants & fellowships including, Creative Investment Grant, Broward County, FL; New Forms Florida, Individual Artist Grant; Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of Cultural Affairs; Florida Humanities Council; Locust Projects Wavemaker Grant; ArtCenter South Florida Ellies Grant; and IS Projects Bookmaking Residency.

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