“Total Disappearance, 1905 v.2 (video still)” archival pigment print on Canson paper [A Narrated video][EXHIBITION VIEWS]
Jan., 2012 – Second Avenue Studio, on the downtown Fort Lauderdale campus of Florida Atlantic University, is thrilled to announce the opening of “Mangrove Mud Womp,” a solo exhibition of work by multimedia artist, Onajide Shabaka, featuring prints, drawings, videos, and sculpture. The show centers on Shabaka’s interactions in Anne Kolb Nature Center’s mangrove estuary. Conceptually derived from exploring materials archived by him from his elderly relatives relocated to Florida in the 1920s from South Carolina, Shabaka opens a world within a world.
“‘Mangrove Mud Womp’ take us on a mysterious, and miraculous trip through a Florida unseen and only known by a rare few. Onajide Shabaka serves as the visual guide and narrator through this world of the strange and the unique, half real world as we travel into the deep, deep mud of the ancient estuary, the guardian mythic spirit of the mangroves.”
Shabaka’s art practice is varied and multi-media, using drawing, photography, video, and performative actions with a grounding in ethnobotany, anthropology, geology and, African Atlantic cultural aesthetics. It is an art practice focused on facilitating thought, introspection and discussion.
In addition to the exhibition, Florida Atlantic Univ. will host a panel discussion, “Urban Planning & Design and the use of Open Space(s),” moderated by Shabaka and including faculty from the School of Urban & Regional Planning, local architect, Margi Nothard, and others.Second Avenue Studio 220 SE Second Avenue Fort Lauderdale 33301
Exhibition Dates: January 30 to March 2, 2012
Open on “Café’ Wednesdays” gallery nights:Feb. 4 – Third Avenue Annual Artwalk: Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 6-10 pm. Feb. 8 – Artist’s Reception, 4-7 pm. Feb. 22 – PANEL DISCUSSION: “Urban Planning & Design and the use of Open Space(s),” 5:00 to 6:30 pm (note new time) Feb. 29 (closing reception)
Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.Mangrove Mud Womp Press Release