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MoCADA Creators in Residence | Let the Circle Be Unbroken

Curated by Amy Andrieux + MoCADA Creators in Residence

Featuring artistic works by MoCADA Creators in Residence

On View Dates: October 5- 27, 2019

Location: MoCADA House, Nolan Park House 7A Governors Island

Made possible thanks to the generous gifts made by the Governors Island Trust, Department of Cultural Affairs and NYS Council on the Arts

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 5 | 2:00-6 PM
On View: October 5 – 27, 2019



Inspired by Dr. Marimba Ani’s book, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, MoCADA encouraged the 2019 MoCADA Creators in Residence to explore the following quote by Ani as a central theme of the work they would create on Governors Island, all summer long.

“The term ‘Maafa’ (from the book, Let The Circle Be Unbroken) is a Kiswahili word for ‘disaster’ that we are now using to reclaim our right to tell our own story. Maafa refers to the enslavement of our people and to the sustained attempt to dehumanize us. Because the Maafa has disconnected us from our cultural origins, we have remained vulnerable in a social order that does not reflect our cultural identity.” – Dr. Marimba Ani, “To Be African.”


Aguanile Journal (Media) @aguanilejournal
Denae Howard (Mixed-Media) @artschoolscammer
Hadaiyah “YaYa” Bey (Performance) @hadai_yah
Idi Basengo (Painting) @basengoidi
Joyce Leann Joseph (Performance) @archivistafterhours
Julian Joseph Kyle (Painting) @julianjosephkyle
Kesiena Onosigho (Textiles) @kesiena
Khidr Joseph (Photography/Experiential) @khidrjoseph
Lillian Hanan Al-Bilali (Curation) @lillianhananalbilali
Nicole Goodwin (Performance) @goodwin9
Tania Laure Balan-Gaubert (Mixed-Media) @tanialaure
For more information about MoCADA Creators, click here.


Use MoCADA’s tour notes as your guide through the exhibit, which includes a deeper dive into our themes, the artists’ notes and bios, as well as a glossary for greater understanding of the exhibit’s subject matter. DOWNLOAD the Let the Circle Be Unbroken tour notes (pdf).


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