Simon Wu is an artist based in New York. He is a 2018-2019 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and serves as the Program Coordinator for The Racial Imaginary Institute.
I think about holding space for vanishing, ANOHNI recounts in the press release for this exhibition, of people, of communities, of biodiversity, in a way that opens into spectral time, leaking all points at once.
Much has been written about how Elliss paintings attest to the pain and sexualization of African American women, but hidden within and below this interpretive paradigm is a messier, more inconvenient model of identity that doesnt fold as quickly into an established institutional narrative.
Viva Ruiz is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, a Queens native, and an artist for whom showing in a gallery is the exception rather than the norm.