Dominique Duroseau in “Art in Odd Places 2018”

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Today is the last day of “Art in Odd Places 2018: Body.” Sarah Cascone (Artnet) recently underlined Haitian-American artist Dominique Duroseau’s participatory project Rap on Race with Rice, which is on view (today, until 9:00pm). You may see the Public Festival artwork on 14th Street from Avenue A to the Hudson (Manhattan, New York) from 11:00am to 9:00pm. The festival exhibition also continues at Westbeth Gallery (at 55 Bethune Street, New York, New York) until October 27, 2018. Cascone writes:

Art in Odd Places returns to 14th Street, installing a variety of public artworks along the corridor, including Dominique Duroseau’s participatory project Rap on Race with Rice, in which the public is invited to help her sort black and white rice while discussing racial issues. This year’s festival focuses on work by women, female-identifying and non-binary artists, and is curated by Katya Grokhovsky. An accompanying exhibition is on view through October 27 at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street.

Here is Dominique Duroseau’s “Artist’s Statement”:

I create narratives.  I document, cross-examine, create cultural hybridizations, decontextualize/recontextualize texts, topics and issues focused on Black Culture’s constant striving within today’s society.  I work within the cusp of my cultures as Haitian, American, and African Diaspora, and I link unresolved issues across time as a political strategy.  This takes into account language, mannerisms, social issues, and injustice; it depicts our contemporary struggles against indifference, coded vernacular, and entrenched economic dispositions.

My series of works, including “Niggerfication,” “Mammy was Here,” and “Baldwin as Politics” recontextualize issues that may seem outdated and irrelevant, however have actually morphed to avoid being conspicuous.  I fold in residues of colonial influences, struggles of being a woman, and criticism of imperialist white supremacist patriarchal cultures.

The narratives take form as audiovisual performance, printmaking, text-based collages, installations, and sculpture favoring repurposed or found objects.  I transform our social dilemmas into abstracted semiotic imagery, which reflects upon our long-growing list of issues, distilling them into art.  Through this interdisciplinary approach, I have translated my observations, research, and personal experiences into series of works, which are approachable but with a deep layering of readings, conceptual while representational, structured yet abstract.

For artist’s page, see http://www.dominiqueduroseau.com/_Statement.html

See Cascone’s article at https://news.artnet.com/art-world/editors-picks-october-8-1357018

Also see http://body.artinoddplaces.org/

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