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"a way outta no way" opening reception & activation

Ricky Weaver, Viktor Givens, Bryce Detroit, Andrew Wilson, and Efe Bes
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
6:30-8:00 PM
Institute for the Humanities lobby 202 S. Thayer Map
Please join us for the opening of "a way outta no way" by Ricky Weaver. As part of the artist's vision for this project, the installation will be activated on opening night with a collective response to the objects, the space, and the archives within. Facilitated by: Ricky Weaver, Viktor Givens, Bryce Detroit, Andrew Wilson, and Efe Bes.

About the Exhibition
Artist/photographer Ricky Weaver intends to explore the poetics and futurism of the gestures and particularities of Black women and Black bodies. She constructs narratives through her images, often focused on people in her family and close community, exploring different representations of Blackness beyond the stereotypical. Weaver is deeply interested in the power, magic, and spirituality of Black women and girls. Her exhibition in the gallery will combine installation and photography as a way of capturing the transcendence of spirit and story.

About the Artist
Ricky Weaver is an image-based artist, theorist, and mother, born in Ypsilanti, MI. Her art and theory are centered around the lexicon generated through black women's everyday practices, dark sousveillance, and images as objects that alchemize the archive on a quantum level. She is currently teaching at ArtCenter College of Art and Design in Pasadena, CA as a fellow for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. Weaver is represented by David Klein Gallery and has shown work at Art Miami, the Havana Biennale, Sofa Expo, and more. Her work has been acquired by institutions like the Wedge Collection and published in Aperture’s As We Rise: Photography from the Black Atlantic.

Weaver was named one of LensCulture's Critics Choice Artists of 2020, selected by Susan Thompson, associate curator at the Guggenheim Museum. She also participated in the Independent Scholar Fellowship at The Carr Center where she was mentored by Carrie Mae Weems. She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Eastern Michigan University, with a concentration in photography.

Weaver recently presented a paper titled “How I Got Over: The Meta-Archive and other registers” at Black Portraitures VII hosted by Rutgers University. Most recently she has taken on the role of lead visual consultant, specializing in image theory and photography, for the Global Institute for Black Girls in Film and Media.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation as part of the Institute for the Humanities' multi-year High Stakes Art initiative.
Building: 202 S. Thayer
Event Type: Reception / Open House
Tags: African American, Art, Exhibition, humanities, music, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Institute for the Humanities