Artist Bogosi Sekhukhuni explores African diasporic perspectives on technology, design, national consciousness, and digital capacities for utopia. His work calls upon the intersection of technology and the occult, capitalism's exploitation of ancestrally-embedded biological and cognitive structures, and what it means to take utopian proposals seriously. For this event, Sekhukhuni presents a selection of video works that take a critical posture toward the presuppositions of afrofuturism. Makayla Bailey will moderate a discussion between Bogosi Sekhukhuni and manuel arturo abreu after the screening.
This free event will be livestreamed and archived online for distance learning at homeschoolpdx.tumblr.com. No RSVP necessary.
Bogosi Sekhukhuni describes himself as a lightworker. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the “tech-health artist group,” NTU, and has worked with the collective, CUSS Group. His most recent project is a “visual culture bank and research gang” calledOpen Time Coven, which investigates “emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies.” He was included in the exhibitions The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poeticsat the New Museum, New York (2019), I Was Raised on the Internet at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018); Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017); the 9th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2016); and the Dakar Biennale in Senegal (2016) among others. His debut solo exhibition in the USA took place at Foxy production in New York (2018).
manuel arturo abreu is a Dominican poet and conceptual artist from the Bronx. Currently living and working in southeast Portland, they use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. They have presented work at MoMA and MoMA PS1 (New York), AA|LA Gallery (Los Angeles), Yaby project space (Madrid), Veronica project space (Seattle), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and in Portland at Yale Union, PICA, Open Signal Portland Community Media Center, S1, and more. They wrote two books of poetry (List of Consonants and transtrender), and one book of critical art writing, the 2019 Oregon Book Awards creative nonfiction finalist Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press).