FACTION Art Projects have announced their second Harlem Perspectives, an annual exhibition celebrating the local talent of Harlem and uptown New York. Harlem Perspectives II is co-curated by Leanne Stella of Art In FLUX, and showcases an eclectic mix of local artists who live and work above Manhattan’s 110th Street. Harlem Perspectives II runs until March 2, 2019 at Gallery 8 New York. Read more about FACTION and their inaugural exhibition, All That You Have Is Your Soul here.
This year’s edition of Harlem Perspectives presents works by a selection of artists who deconstruct history through their process of art making. With their hands, a brush, or through a lens, the artists investigate, manipulate and work materials and objects that are charged with a personal and/or political narrative. While teasing, tearing and appropriating materials, the artists examine the cultural values and historical significance placed on the objects or subjects in their work. The resulting works define a new narrative revealing how the artists may find reconciliation or antipathy through the process and prompting the viewer to question preconceived notions and beliefs.
Artists include Coby Kennedy, David C. Terry, Elan Cadiz, Kennedy Yanko, Patrick Alston, Ruhee Maknojia and Tammy Nguyen.
Curator Leanne Stella says: “Harlem is often called a state of mind that extends beyond its physical boundaries, of which the people, the streets, the cultural influences are in a continual state of flux while remaining a true community. The artists in this exhibition are reflective of this dynamic place called Harlem. Each of the artists presents a unique perspective that challenges and redefines history and biased views or values. As a group these artists echo the diversity of Harlem that thrives and coexists despite the current divisive political rhetoric.”