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.”
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).