I'm Kenney Mencher. I'm an artist who left a tenured professorship in 2016 to pursue making art full time. This blog is about art, art history, with a emphasis on human rights. I make homoerotic art featuring bears, otters & other gay wildlife.
Photos and collage by viento izquierdo ugaz
Image description: Two overlaid photographs with softened opacities include two figures - viento on bottom left corner holding a camera up to their face and ọmọlólù centered, framed by branches.
Alchemies of Mutable Selfhood:
ọmọlólù refilwe bàbàtùdé and viento izquierdo ugaz
Feb 23, 6:30PM EST- 8:30 PM EST
Come take part in an evening of revival inspired by the work of Not Me, Not That, Not Nothing Either. Through words and sounds, artists and collaborators ọmọlólù refilwe bàbàtùdé, and Leslie-Lohman Artist Fellow viento izquierdo ugaz revisit past selves and explore what it means to call on them in a process of recovery.
In reflection of the exhibition’s generative understanding of fragmentation, viento and ọmọlólù present a visual poetic concert assembling self-portraiture through poetry, song and moving image. Together, they put their cycles of becoming in dialogue to hold space for the different journeys of regeneration that we all deserve. Register here for the event.
Photo by viento izquierdo ugaz
Image description: A nonbinary person looks over their shoulder towards the viewer, their head is shaved and they are wearing a bright pink, orange and yellow dress. The sky is a blue/pink color and they are sitting on the bow of a boat drifting on the Amazon river where their ancestors are from.
viento izquierdo ugaz is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, educator & language justice worker based between Lima & New York. Their work considers the effect of migration on the visual language of their lineage, and how this lexicon permeates their queer & trans chosen family archive. viento is a current Leslie-Lohman Artist Fellow, and a co-organizer of BODYHACK, their work has appeared in El Museo del Barrio, A.I.R, The Poetry Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lambda Literary, &c.
Photo by viento izquierdo ugaz
Image description: a Black womxn sits on the trunk of a sedan. Her hands are behind her head and her fingers are framing the top of her head. She is wearing a denim top and jeans. She stares directly into the camera.
ọmọlólù refilwe bàbàtùndé is an educator, African surrealist documentarian, digital griot and Black ecstatic performance artist. Using image, video, prose and sound in her work, she attempts to create a divine glimmer of Black relief, a brief moment of sanctuary for folx to come home into. She has performed/shown work at the SPACES, Northstar Durham, The New Museum and many intentional DIY venues. In October 2020 she released her first EP “laiii 222 rest ooo: blx ancestral sonix salves” on Don Giovanni Records.
Attendees have the option of attending this gathering in person or experiencing it online via zoom.
Auto-captions and English to Spanish translation will be provided for those joining online. For those joining in person, external steps lead to our entrance doors: a wheelchair lift is available. All galleries are wheelchair-accessible, and a single-occupancy accessible restroom is located behind the visitor services desk: all restrooms are gender-neutral. For additional access requests, please email email@example.com at least 72 hours prior to the gathering.
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