SAMO JOURNEY is a multi-media exhibition featuring artists L. Kasimu Harris, Vitus Shell, and Tiffany Smith. SAMO Journey is a visual and psychological exploration of the dichotomy of progress pitted against
SAMO JOURNEY is a multi-media exhibition featuring artists L. Kasimu Harris, Vitus Shell, and Tiffany Smith.
SAMO Journey is a visual and psychological exploration of the dichotomy of progress pitted against the status quo of both people and place in an ever-changing New Orleans, nation and world. The struggle becomes glaringly evident when examining racial inequities and the imbalance that pervades class, education and neighborhoods. From Reconstruction to now, a social climate persists, where the ascension of blacks into the upper rungs of leadership is as common as the assassination of blacks on the street–the new lynching. SAMO Journey seeks to uncover the warring ideals of progress and sameness using “man against man”, “man against nature”, and “man against self” and “man against society.” These motifs, that are the common pillars of literature, also refer to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work that explored “suggestive dichotomies”, including wealth versus poverty, integration against segregation, and inner versus outer experience.
-L. Kasimu Harris
SAMO Journey is a thoughtful, contemporaneous attempt at exploring rich political content that the art world might otherwise sensationalize, co-opt or omit from the story line. With the exhibition, the artists are celebrating the spectrum of the black experience without shying away from the discriminative realities consistently and systematically imparted upon black bodies. The work is alluring, complex and fresh. As the creative director of an experimental art space, I think it is important to not only be progressive with content but also with process. I assisted with conceptualizing and choosing artists for this exhibition, but the narrative behind this work belongs to people who created it, and that choice reverberates an underlying concept of this show.
(Saturday) 7:00 pm CST
2120 Port St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117