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Opening Reception: ZMA’s Spring Exhibitions

Saturday February 2, 2019 03:00 PM EST
Cost: Free

From the venue:

Join us on Feb 2, 3-5 PM to celebrate the ZMA’s Spring exhibitions: “Louder than Words” and “Sahwa/Resurgence: Works by Hicham Berrada.”

The reception will include performances in conjunction with “Louder than Words.” Katelyn Rose King will recreate John Cage’s “Water Walk” and Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky will perform her work, “Candidate 23.”

“Louder than Words” features artists who privilege silence (non-linguistic sounds, symbols, or gestures) over words as their method of communication. The exhibition includes works on paper, video, and sculpture, as well as performance works that emphasize the importance of the body as a vehicle for nonverbal expression. Four featured artists are deaf, and their work addresses issues of translation and the loss of information.
“Louder than Words” also explores the power of silence as a form of protest, or as a means to call attention to power and oppression. Curator Teresa Bramlette Reeves says of the exhibition, “This is a show where sound can be seen and felt as well as heard, books don’t rely on words, and silence can be experienced as overwhelmingly powerful.”

Featuring artworks by Terry Adkins, Christopher Adler, Dara Birnbaum, John Cage, James Castle, Nick Cave, Joseph Grigley, Dana Haugaard, Sarah Hobbs, Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky, Katelyn Rose King, Christine Sun Kim, Alison O’Daniel, Yoko Ono, Alix Pearlstein, Trevor Reese, and Geo Sipp.

The ZMA also presents a solo exhibition of Franco-Moroccan artist Hicham Berrada titled Sahwa / Resurgence. Located in the Henrique Atrium, six video works by Berrada expose a sublime beauty that unexpectedly results from disruptive interactions, such as the collision of chemicals in solution or man-made interventions in the environment. The Arabic word sahwa, translates as “resurgence,” speaks to the transformation of the mundane into something eerily beautiful. This exhibition is presented as part of Kennesaw State University’s Year of Morocco programming.

image: L: Alison O’Daniel, “The Deaf Club,” 2016, still from video installation, courtesy of the artist. R: Hicham Berrada, “Presage (Omen)” 2015, still of video from performance, Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London.

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