Curated by Elena Gross
MoAD Museum of the African Diaspora
2nd floor salon, 685 Mission St (at 3rd), San Francisco, CA 94105
June 22 – Semptember 18, 2022
Museum of the African Diaspora is pleased to present the second exhibition in the 2022-2023 Emerging Artists Program, Interlacing distributed intelligence/noir care, a solo exhibition of multidisciplinary textile artist Richard-Jonathan Nelson. The Black body and craft can be intermeshed to depict our western culture’s speculative future no matter how foreign the idea of Black craft is outside of the American Low country. Through the hybridizing of traditional craft practices like embroidery, weaving, and quilting along with digital art, Interlacing distributed intelligence/noir care reimagines the Black body as a place for futuristic progress. Nelson’s work is balanced visually between the dichotomy of Blackness as an expansive unknowable monolithic void and a chromatically intense generator of culture. Thereby creating images of the Black Diaspora far removed from continued historic depiction as servile and without agency, but instead as visual and culturally complex individuals.