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Helina Metaferia | By Way of Revolution

Curated by: Monique McField for ArtBridge

Location: Intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Fort Greene Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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On view June 19, 2021 – November 1, 2021


Interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia is creating two murals — one in Brooklyn and another in the Bronx — as one of 5 artists selected to participate in Not a Monolith, a new public art and professional development initiative for NYC-based emerging Black artists, presented by ArtBridgeFacebook Open Arts, and We The Culture.

Metaferia’s murals are the first of 10 highly-anticipated public artworks to be unveiled by the Not a Monolith artists across all 5 boroughs over the next 4 months. One of the program’s inaugural two June murals include “Headdress 21”,  which depicts multidisciplinary artist and Wide Awake Wildcat Ebony Brown, was installed on the future site of MoCADA’s soon-to-be-opened sculpture garden in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and revealed on Juneteenth, June 19th. The installations are the latest iterations of Metaferia’s “army of women,” which she has continued to create as part of her By Way of Revolution series since 2018. This interdisciplinary series collages activist histories from civil rights generations as crowns on modern day Black women activists, drawing attention to the often overlooked labor of Black women within care politics and social justice.

#NotAMonolithNYC    |    #ByWayofRevolution


Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance and social engagement. Her work interrogates the body’s relationship to sites, especially as it relates to notions of identity and citizenship. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY, among many others. Her work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artnet News, The Financial Times, and The Washington Post. Helina is an Assistant Professor at Brown University and lives and works in New York City.


Photos by OWLEY (@ow.ley)

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Not a Monolith aims to amplify a diversity of Black voices and perspectives by providing NYC-based, emerging Black artists with outdoor canvases in prominent public spaces across the city’s five boroughs, as well as mentorship from Black professionals in the art world. The project’s title refers to the project’s goal to showcase a multitude of Black identities that are more complex, nuanced and abundant than the media’s traditional representations. Not a Monolith offers artists and communities of New York City an opportunity to directly and meaningfully engage with Black Lives Matter and other social, racial and gender justice movements. #NotAMonolithNYC


Visit the mural at the intersection of Fort Greene Place and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

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 streetside 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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