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Flaunt | Being the Dream

On View: May 17 – November 3, 2024

Location: MoCADA Abolition House, House 7a Nolan Park, Governors Island

Curatorial Team: Zola-Jourdan Savage, Run P., Derrick Appo, and Amy Andrieux


The Black identity is inherently improvisational, disrupting oppressive structures and often facing violence as a consequence. However, our innate resilience enables us to dream and envision futures that embrace all identities regardless of their expression.

Flaunt: Being the Dream is a dynamic, multimedia group exhibition curated by Zola-Jourdan Savage with a soundscape by Run P., that explores the Black Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) experience to unpack contemporary perceptions of identity via the expression of gender and sex. In this presentation, universal themes including social roles and the way we inhabit them, cultural cues, power structures, survival, pleasure, and their intersection with race, transcend prejudices to represent the purest form of self-realization.

In this context, the ‘performance’ refers to authenticity—being true to oneself. It is a misconception that individuals on the TGNC journey are being disingenuous and by claiming space for themselves pose a threat to the cisgender community. These preconceived notions often lead to senseless violence, social exclusion, and other forms of discrimination.

To reaffirm the value of Black TGNC lives and to celebrate the myriad ways Black people connect performance to modes of expression i.e. how we show up, 20 Transgender, Non-Binary, Gender-Nonconforming and Queer artists contribute to a necessary dialogue that informs and expands the narrative. 

June 1 @ 12pm – 6pm |  Opening Reception | MoCADA Abolition House with music by DJ Freedem + Talk to Motha: Trans Elder Storytelling Discussion  | ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR | RSVP

June 8 @ TBD | Kin Day Picnic | MoCADA Abolition House | RSVP COMING SOON

August 17 @ 12pm – 6pm | House Fest + Artist Talk

August 24 @ TBD | Transcending Visibility: Sex vs. Gender in the LGBTQIA+ Panel | ONLINE 

September 7 @ TBD | The Source: Transgender Women’s Influence on Mainstream Beauty + Fashion Panel | ONLINE  | RSVP COMING SOON

October 19 @ TBD | Liberation Day Party | MoCADA Abolition House | RSVP COMING SOON

To visit the Flaunt: Being the Dream exhibition, visit us at MoCADA Abolition House at House 7A Nolan Park on Governors Island.

MoCADA Abolition House is open Friday – Sunday 12-6 PM from May 17 – November 3, 2024. Admission is free for all ages.

Listen to this curated soundtrack by Run P. for MoCADA’s Flaunt: Being The Dream, a dynamic, multimedia group exhibition that explores the Black Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Nonconforming (TGNC) experience. Press play and vibe out.



Ajamu X | IG: ajamustudios
Alanna Fields | IG: alannafields
Ava Tuitt | IG: eunuchdoll
Avion Pearce | IG: @avionpearce
Blaize Sanford | IG: blaizescarr
Chiffon Thomas | IG: c.chronicles
Darryl Deangelo Terrell | IG: blkboyshine
Frank Xarate | IG: frank.xarate
Jhona Xaviera | IG: jo.asxv
Joshua Obawole | IG: joshuaobawole
Keioui Keijaun Thomas | IG: keioui
Lindsay Perryman | IG: lindsayperryman
María José Maldonado saymariajose + Latavia Young | IG: thelataviayoung
Moses Leonardo | IG: versaceshortie
SHAN Wallace | IG: _yoshann
Texas Isaiah  | IG: kingtexas
Tyler Andrew | IG: sustopramen_
Tyler Cala Williams | IG: openkeloid
Utē Petit | IG: swampbender


1. From the “Like Father, Like Sun” series by Blaize.

2. “Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (Leigh Angelique, 1971)” by Alanna Fields. Dye sublimation prints on aluminum, tinted plexiglass, and mahogany frame.

3.”Adair with Wings” by Lindsay Perryman. Photograph.


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Made possible thanks to generous gifts from:

The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs on behalf of NYC City Council, New York State Council on the Arts and Governor Kathy Hochul, and The Ford Foundation



MoCADA is committed to giving wings to artists by bringing dynamic, contemporary African art to a broad audience through a series of highly visible artists’ projects, new commissions, installations, and exhibitions in public spaces, like this virtual gallery. Your support goes in a long way in helping MoCADA create exhibitions and other special programs that benefit the community. Click GiveMo to give a gift today. 


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