The Gallatin Galleries is presenting "(Middle) Passage for Dreams", a multi-channel video installation, through April 7.

Image: “#1 Mythic Beings,” from "(Middle) Passage for Dreams"
“#1 Mythic Beings,” from "(Middle) Passage for Dreams", Helina Metaferia, 2016-2019; photo credit: Courtesy of Helina Metaferia

The Gallatin Galleries is presenting (Middle) Passage for Dreams, a multi-channel video installation by interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia that features Black bodies situated in different landscapes enmeshed with a range of contemporary topics, through April 7.

“The simple acts undertaken by these figures are complicated by the fact that they are Black and the history of Black bodies in this country is fraught with tragedy and violence that began with the slave trade, or Middle Passage, that Metaferia references in the title,” explains Keith Miller, curator of the Gallatin Galleries. “The work takes this historic reality as a given and celebrates, rather than laments, the beauty of these bodies, lives, and voices.”

The video installation (22 mins.) may be viewed on the galleries’ website and from the sidewalk in front of the galleries (1 Washington Place [at Broadway]) beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday mornings through Friday evenings at 5 p.m. (through April 7).

An image from the installation may be downloaded from this photo page (“#1 Mythic Beings,” from (Middle) Passage for Dreams, Helina Metaferia  2016-2019; photo credit: Courtesy of Helina Metaferia).

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, installation, collage, and social engagement. Her work investigates the politics of the body in sites, particularly as it relates to notions of identity and citizenship. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; NOMAD Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL, among many others. Metaferia’s work has been supported by residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis, MASS MoCA, and Triangle Arts Association. She is currently a Mellon Fellow/assistant professor at Brown University.

Keith Miller has been the curator of the Gallatin Galleries since it opened in 2008. Prior to that he was the founding curator of the SAC Gallery at Stony Brook University from 2001 to 2008 and has curated over 40 thematic gallery and museum exhibitions. His curatorial practice begins from the premise that the gallery is a site for engaged political conversation. He has been a part-time professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU since 2006 and was awarded the Gallatin School Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014. He is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2014 Jerome Fellow and works as a filmmaker, artist, and curator. His paintings and videos have been shown in various solo and group shows throughout the world.

Editor’s Note:
The Gallatin Galleries, housed in New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, showcases innovative and immersive work that blends multiple forms of artistic practice with themes that encompass economic, racial, and social justice. Founded in 2008 and curated by Keith Miller, the Galleries are home to complex and compelling displays that integrate video, photography, sound, painting, and sculpture, illuminating the work of both up-and-coming and established artists while reflecting the interdisciplinary academic mission of the Gallatin School. For more information, please visit its website.    

Keith Miller, Curator
The Gallatin Galleries
1 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

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