California African American Museum presents:
The Ease of Fiction
October 19, 2016 - February 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In The Ease of Fiction, works by four contemporary African artists living in the United States serve as a foundation for a critical discussion about history, fact, and fiction. Recent paintings, drawings, and sculptural works by ruby onyinyechi amanze (b. 1982, Nigeria), Duhirwe Rushemeza (b. 1977, Rwanda), Sherin Guirguis (b. 1974, Egypt), and Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Botswana) explore power, memory, personal agency, and play.

The exhibition’s title evokes the idea that people are often more comfortable accepting or believing what is told to them by those in power, rather than challenging and investigating the authenticity of information presented as historical fact. Interweaving their personal experiences and memories into broader historical contexts, these artists create works that are in strident opposition to passive acceptance. The artists' cultural backgrounds and geographic diversity offer a provocative examination of varied perspectives of the truth. Although these artists are from four different African countries their work addresses universal issues that are relevant across all borders.

In Conversation: The Ease of Fiction
Thursday, October 20, 2016 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Art + Practice, 4339 S. Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles

This special edition of In Conversation takes place at Art + Practice in
Leimert Park and brings together artists ruby onyinyechi amanze, Meleko
Mokgosi, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and Sherin Guirguis with exhibition
curator Dexter Wimberly on the occasion of the opening of The Ease of
Fiction. Through a conversation about the exhibition’s themes and the
artists’ works the panelists will uncover shared trajectories among their
diverse practices.


Categories: exhibitions, artist talk