Meredith Nickie: Luxuriant Follies and Other Crimes

Conjuring wanton fancies of exotic drift where the rapture of ornamentation rehearses our most intimate fears, our nostalgia, and our need to escape. The fanciful ornamentation of Chinoiserie is enlisted to reveal how this form of representation embodies and suppresses, in all its European cultural self-fashioning, the ‘black imaginary’ realized through colonial oppression and postcolonial recovery. This exhibition serves as a challenge to contemporary global configurations of production, distribution, and consumption made manifest in tropes of conquest by focusing on the historical ambiguities and racial complexities of desire and exoticization.



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