Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part presents two exhibitions intertwined as one. There is a significance to these diverse Black and global artists of color all together, as opposed to art world traditions of ethnically segregated exhibition space. The group of artists evokes a challenge to the notion of dividing lines—as well as objects to the global segregations and legacies of colonialism that prefer they neither align nor meet.
One part of this visual discourse considers contemporary art as central to the portrayal of Black expansiveness—beyond singular region scope, political frame, or compressed narrative. The exhibition desires solidarity and care, as well as shared space across geographic or political distance.
One part of this presentation challenges the pervasive social casualness of assigning bodies of color the label of minority; this applies also to bodies of non-privileged gender. Neither negligible nor small, the significance of our lives is not the lesser part of anything.
Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part will feature photo and multidisciplinary artists Xyza Cruz Bacani, Widline Cadet, Jessica Chou, Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz), Işıl Eğrikavuk, Citlali Fabián, Sunil Gupta, Kelvin Haizel, David Heo, Damon Locks, Johny Pitts, Farah Salem, Ngadi Smart, and the debut of Abena Appiah. Special performance by Tintin Wulia.
-Asha Iman Veal, Curatorial Fellow
The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2021-2022 exhibition season is sponsored in part by the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Pritzker Traubert Foundation, the Efroymson Family Fund, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
Beautiful Diaspora/You Are Not the Lesser Part has been generously supported through The David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Impact Fund for Photography.