Dennis Osadebe: Inside Out
Meet Dennis Osadebe- Naomi Osaka’s Favorite Visual Artist and MoCADA’s Feature Exhibition
This week Osadebe will premier Inside Out, his solo artistic presentation of works at Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) for its reopening on Friday, October 29th.
Inside Out is a participatory experience consisting of a virtual exhibition and “Playful Rebellion,” an interactive game developed by the artist. Together they explore the foundational themes of his practice such as history, innovation, heritage, and the possibilities of the future.
Osadebe’s work creates a pivotal questioning towards where the collective social reckoning against police brutality and white supremacy will take us next. The pieces were created in response to the following questions the artist sought answers: “Does the armor that we wear shield us from public harm or protect us in private spaces?” “Do we recognize ourselves in the performance of those identities?” “Where do we take shelter?” ” Are we strangers at home?” and “What resides in this living testimony teetering between two pandemics, structural racism and COVID-19?”
With his characteristic use of flattened planes, minimalist geometric shapes, and bold colors, Osadebe works in what he refers to as a “NEO” visual style, one that is modern, bright, and expressive. Osadebe coined the cultural movement, ‘Neo-Africa’ as a response to deconstruct the limiting, lazy term of ‘African Art’. This encourages people to rebrand tradition in a way that reflects the transforming world.
Inside Out will be on view beginning October 29, 2021 through February 13, 2022.
Press Preview: Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Public Opening: Friday, October 29, 2021 | 7:00-10:00 PM
For more information, visit: https://mocada.org/dennis-osadebe-inside-out
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