THE RACIAL IMAGINARY INSTITUTE
INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Richmond, VA - October 2019 to January 2020
Opening October 4, 2019, through January 2020
Curated by Amber Esseiva, the exhibit borrows its title from a quote by James Baldwin: “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally present in all that we do.”
Great Force addresses the force of whiteness, the counter-force of black resistance, and the persistence of the color line in the United States. With new commissions and recent work by twenty-four artists, the exhibition presents painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance that examine race in the United States.
With the help of curator Amber Esseiva, Colonial White was reenvisioned as a citywide project for the city of Richmond. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans to Hampton, Virginia in 1619.
I'd like to invite members of the Richmond community to participate in Colonial White for Great Force throughout the exhibit . Everyone is welcome.