Black Things | White Spaces
- From: September 23, 2017 to October 28, 2017 Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Location: Gallery Aferro
- Address: 73 Market St, Newark, NJ 07102
Dominique Duroseau’s solo exhibition, “Black Things in White Spaces” is a continuum of her recent interrogations into race relations in the Americas, and the residual tensions formed from centuries of enslavement of black peoples, especially with regard to the objectification of black women. Duroseau delves further into this fertile artistic ground to consider the phenomenon of the commodification of black culture by mainstream society. Her work reflects a particular unease with the duality of American culture that commercializes African Americans, while concomitantly exhibiting indifference to their struggles. It is against this socio-political backdrop that Duroseau’s spoken word pieces, performances, prints and sculptures reflect upon America’s uneasy relationship with people of color – a relationship that simultaneously denigrates and adulates black culture. Dominique Duroseau’s work engages viewers in a discourse about race, racism, race relations and sexism in a country replete with its own unique arrangements of systemic institutionalized injustice towards African Americans. Her work often includes historical references to novels, interviews, newspaper headlines and package design to put forth her ideas on race relations both past and present. Despite confronting the uncomfortable truths of American race relations, her work is meant to posit constructive solutions that mobilize an engaged and informed citizenry, comfortable speaking about what was previously unspoken in the past.