Onajide Shabaka’s works in this exhibition create a historical fiction of sorts from archival materials found in a late relative’s home in Fort Pierce, FL. Shabaka investigates historical and biographical themes as well as material and social cultures of the African Atlantic and the Americas, and questions the greater significance of daily, private rituals.
Shabaka is an artist, curator, and writer living and working in Miami, FL. He received an MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts (Montpelier). He has shown extensively in the US and internationally at venues such as Galerie Schuster (Potsdam, Germany), Project Row Houses (Houston), and Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta). Shabaka founded an artist residency initiative in Fort Pierce, FL, to sustain a critical discourse on contemporary art, society, and the natural environment in South Florida. In addition, Shabaka is director and curator of Artlab33 contemporary art (Miami and Fort Lauderdale).