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Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle | Kentifrica Is: Re-Imagining Collective Geographies

Artist Lab Residency & Exhibition
January 17 – April 7, 2017
18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery
Gallery hours: 11am-5pm, Monday-Friday

Los Angeles- and Oakland-based artist Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle brings her ongoing investigation into auto-ethnography, anthropology, museum studies, and remixing history to the Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center from January 17 though April 7, 2017. Hinkle will weave together performance, installation, and collaborative, participatory workshops within a new, site-specific installation. The project connects 18th Street Arts Center and our surrounding Pico Neighborhood with other Los Angeles institutions and community histories to develop a living and breathing archive that thrives off of collaborations with various individuals who come from multiple social, cultural, geographical, and artistic perspectives.

While in residence at 18th Street Art Center, Hinkle will oscillate between re-creating artifacts, conducting performances, producing experimental research, and organizing generative workshops with a variety of LA-based communities, both in the studio and offsite. At the project’s center is an unknown continent and culture called Kentifrica, a meditation upon what can and cannot be mapped when dealing with the ramifications of identity as an elusive anchor. Kentifrica has also evolved into a philosophy for making work through the usage of a Kentifrican proverb, “You got to look where it ain’t,” inspiring others to conduct research and to create from spaces which they initially believed or were told that they could not access due to prior loss and trauma. Using the Kentifrican method of “Looking Where it Ain’t”, Hinkle will develop new forms of storytelling and object-making that affirm cultural presence within Los Angeles communities.

Upcoming Events

OPENING RITUAL
Where is My Ain’t?

Thursday, January 19, 2017
4-6 PM
UCLA Hammer Museum Courtyard
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Directions & Parking: https://hammer.ucla.edu/visit/
RSVP here for a FREE Ticket.

Realized collaboratively with the Hammer Museum’s In Real Life: Studio performance residency. The public is invited to participate in a movement performance to combat the erasure of Black women historically and presently through gentrification. Materials generated through this public participation will be placed within the installation at 18th Street Arts Center.

RECEPTION AND PANEL DISCUSSIONKentifrica Is or Kentifrica Ain’t

Saturday, February 25, 2017
6-8 PM
18th Street Arts Center
Main Gallery
RSVP for a FREE Ticket Here.

Themes of gentrification and erasure will be elaborated in a panel discussion, “Kentifrica Is or Kentifrica Ain’t,” bringing leaders from the Pico Neighborhood and other historically diverse Los Angeles enclaves into dialogue with the artist at 18th Street Arts Center in conjunction with a public reception.

KENTIFRICAN POTLUCK

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
1-3 PM
18th Street Arts Center
Main Gallery

A Kentifrican Potluck lunch on will allow for conversations about displacement and erasure to continue to develop organically within 18th Street Arts Center’s artist network and our community of neighbors through the breaking of bread.

KENTIFRICAN CLOSING RITUAL: A CALL TO ACTION

Friday, April 7, 2017
6-8 PM
off-site at KAOS Network
4343 Leimert Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA United States

For the final event for Kentifrica Is: Re-Imaging Collective Greographies, Hinkle and 18th Street will partner with Ben Cadwell for a Kentifrican Closing Ritual in which we will discuss the limits of erasure and collectively devise a call for action to eradicate daily acts of erasure in our personal lives, communities, and beyond. Please join us at KAOS Network in Leimert Park.

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