Factory Showroom: Post-Speculation/thewayblackmachine
February 4 - 28, 2015
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new initiative to dedicate every February to artists and ideas relating to the African Diaspora in honor of the Gallery’s namesake and Black History Month.
The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is privileged to inaugurate this new program with a special project by HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? as part of a city-wide presentation of these artists initiated by the New Foundation Seattle. The YAMS Collective (as they are also known) is self-described as “a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.” For the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, YAMS will reboot their multi-media installation Post-Speculation/thewayblackmachine (2014), first shown at P! in New York last year in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown and the events in Ferguson. P! curators Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni described the work as, “an internet archive of activism around black embodiment inspired by the Wayback Machine (web.archive.org)... addressing contemporary conditions such as police brutality, American-funded international violence, and the ways that memes and hashtags collapse and make legible such threats to personhood.” This overwhelming, fully-immersive, multiple- screen and video projection piece will be presented along with a special sculptural and sound installation, as well as an ongoing library project organized, in part, by Seattle-based YAMS member, Christa Bell.