Havily Nwakuche: (Dis)Appearing Act — Visualizing Enslavement and Resistance in Acts of Flight

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Close-up color photo of a soft sculpture made from beige, pale pink, and cream fabric and white lace and pearls. Imposed over the image is beige and black text which reads (Dis)Appearing Act, Funded in part by Cornell Council for the Arts.

Martha (2023), mixed media, 57 1/2" x 33" x 5 1/2". image / provided

This exhibit features the soft sculptures of Havily Nwakuche (B.F.A. '25), which were produced as creative responses to two runaway slave advertisements in Cornell University's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. Through her use of color, texture, and shape, Nwakuche's conceptual portraits present the viewer with an artistic archival intervention that interrogates the visualization of enslaved women in the 19th century. 

The exhibit is curated by Kimiyo Bremer, an artist and scholar from Los Angeles California. Her work typically explores North American visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between race, gender, art history, and popular culture. Bremer received her M.A. in arts politics from New York University's Art and Public Policy Program and her B.A. in theater and performance from Bard College. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Cornell's History of Art and Visual Studies Department.

Funded in part by the Cornell Council for the Arts. 

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