Fridman Gallery will open its doors to Alternating Currents, an exhibition of new works by 12 emerging and mid-career artists. The exhibition reveals a pursuit of a sense of connection to something larger — to history, to cultural heritage, to traditional notions of artmaking — and sometimes a desire to break from it.
Curated by Niama Safia Sandy, the exhibition explores recent breakthroughs of the artists’ respective practices over the last year-and-a-half. The pandemic shifted our understanding of our concept of time, ourselves, our place in the world and the systems we have built as vehicles to navigate it all. The works demonstrate not only the artists’ intense relationship to their practice, but also their own radical self-exploration and acceptance of themselves as agents of change in the world during this time of immense shifting and reflection.
Artists include Allana Clarke; Evan Paul English; Adama Delphine Fawundu; Kearra Amaya Gopee; Basil Kincaid; Ashanté Kindle; Yashua Klos; Liu Ching Leung; rob Redding; Marcelo Eli Samiento; Nguyen Smith; Khari Turner.
Niama Safia Sandy is a New York–based cultural anthropologist, curator, producer, and multidisciplinary artist. Her creative practice delves into the human story through the application and critical lenses of culture, healing, history, migration, music, race, and ritual. Sandy is a co-founder of The Blacksmiths, a coalition forging support for Black liberation against anti-Black racism and its manifestations in the academy and at cultural institutions on the global stage. She is also an active member of Resistance Revival Chorus and Wide Awakes. Sandy is the inaugural Curator-and-Writer-in-
Alternating Currents is organized by curator-writer-in-residence Niama Safia Sandy, and will be on view from July 14 to August 20, 2021 at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, NYC. Opening Reception will take place on Wednesday, July 14th from 6-8pm.