Detroit Art Week (July 16 – 21, 2019), an annual self-guided tour and citywide celebration of contemporary art in Detroit, is pleased to announce the independent curators participating in Young Curators, New Ideas V (YCNI V). Organized by Aleiya Lindsey and Amani Olu of Olu & Company, YCNI V will take place from Wednesday, July 17 to Sunday, July 21, 2019 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Trumbull & Porter Hotel Detroit (1331 Trumbull Avenue).
Participating curators include Isabella Achenbach, Marian Casey, Luna Goldberg, Amanda McDonald Crowley, Rosie Motley, Gina Mudge, Vera Petukhova, Sophie Olympia Riese, Kasia Sobucka, Nadia Tahoun, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell and Yulia Topchiy.
YCNI V will shine a light on the cultural, artistic, social and political transformations initiated by the creative and curatorial practices of women, LGBTQ+ and gender-nonconforming individuals. With a sense of urgency and relevancy, each multifaceted micro-exhibition will transform a 256 square-foot hotel room into an immersive installation, fostering provocative discussions on the most pressing issues of our time.
Identity, the body and the environment are key components in many of the works, all of which explore varying socio-personal themes, including colonialism, consumerism, sexism, gender, gentrification, gun violence, politics and relationships. By examining societal traditions and the impact of the digital world and social media, these exhibitions question and subvert our social norms. They also shed light on how the erasure and reconstruction of the past has shaped our present and is molding our future. Individual experience and one’s unique orientation to cultural and ideological developments have the power to transform perspectives— for better and for worse. Space is also a factor; the exhibition centers viewpoints of how we create, hold on to and enforce our boundaries— both internally and in the physical world. From painting, performance and sculpture to multimedia, experiential/ephemeral, and site-specific installations, artists and curators from multicultural backgrounds share their expansive, divergent insights of our current world.
Participating artists include Fafnir Adamites, Jess Bass, Rachelle Dang, Grey Ellis, Harry Gould Harvey IV and David Heo, Leena Joshi, Lauren Kalman, Amy Khoshbin, Kameron Neal, Dana Nechmad, Derrick Woods Morrow, Katarzyna Perlak, Irit Rosenberg, Wilton Tejeda and Sebastián Villamil.
Image credit: (L to R) Derrick Woods Marrow, Katarzyna Perlak and Irit Rosenberg