Regina Agu: Shore|Lines

Regina Agu. Passage, 2019. Digital print on Samba Opaque, 4 panels total dimension 100 ft x 6 ft. Image courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Photography by Roman Alokhin.

About the Exhibition

Multidisciplinary artist Regina Agu will create Shore|Lines, a large-scale panoramic installation and exhibition at MoCP that will explore community memory within Black Midwestern lakeside communities, tracing legacies of historical migration from the Gulf South region to the Great Lakes. Using methods of oral history, photography, and archival research, her work examines waterways and natural environments as defining sites of Black life and belonging.

Agu will work closely with MoCP throughout the project and will collaborate with South Side Chicago residents to create a documentation text which Agu refers to as a “field guide,” to be presented alongside the exhibition. Through extended, sustained engagement, Shore|Lines will bring community knowledge and values into conversation with Black geographies and histories of landscape photography, using the panorama as a format for relating ideas and themes of Black cultural memory connected to place.

Led by Asha Iman Veal, MoCP’s Associate Curator.

The exhibition is currently scheduled for January 23-May 18, 2025.

Shore|Lines is supported by the Joyce Foundation through the 2023 Joyce Awards to Regina Agu and MoCP along with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations.

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