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Beautiful Diaspora: Chicago's New Exhibition



The “Beautiful Diaspora / You Are Not the Lesser Part” is a new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) in Chicago, curated by Senior Landecker Fellow and MoCP Associate Curator Asha Iman Veal.

According to Asha Iman, “the exhibition advocates dialogue and solidarity across the spectrum of experiences of global artists of color and Black diasporic artists.”

As it is further explained in the exhibition program, “the visual conversation among fifteen artists defies the imposed political distances and legacies of colonialism that prefer they (we) neither align nor meet.”

There is a significance, and a hope, to diverse Black and global artists of color together in shared space.
– Asha Iman Veal

The exhibition will run from March 3, 2022 to June 26, 2022.

Beautiful Diaspora poster. From left to right: Johny Pitts, student protest, Rome from the series Afropean: Travels in Black Europe, 2010-2020; Courtesy of the artist;
Xyza Cruz Bacani, Mama and I from the We are Like Air series, 2017-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and CHRISTINE PARK GALLERY.

The opening reception is on March 3, 2022. For more information about the event as well as the whole exhibition, visit MoCP’s website.

Asha Iman is one of thirty 2020-2021 Landecker Democracy Fellows. This fellowship, a collaboration between the Alfred Landecker Foundation and Humanity in Action, was created to strengthen a new generation of leaders whose approaches to political and social challenges can become catalysts for democratic placemaking and community building. Read more about the fellowship here.