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Round Table Cultural Seminars in partnership with Manufacturers Village Artists, presents a curated program of art shows & artist talks highlighting New Jersey artists at the 22 69th Street & Madison Ave NYC location. To be on the list for information and the upcoming schedule please sign up below.

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 BECOMING: The Cultivation of Identity through Migration 

 Curated by: Luma Art Advisory 

Out Left Art presents a group exhibition featuring works by Matilda Forsberg, Kwesi O. Kwarteng, and Layqa Nuna Yawar in a survey on the migration experience and the theory of how it shifts one’s perception of identity. Each artist’s manipulation of their choice of material is a metaphor to convey a given narrative of the migration experience. 

Matilda Forsberg’s ghostly paintings of loose abstract renderings of family photos pay homage to the fading memories of a past life. Forsberg’s accent of vivid colors such as yellow conveys a warm homely feeling, while the hallow-like portraitures show the faint recognition in conjuring facial imagery. 

Kwesi O. Kwarteng’s fabric paintings utilize various culturally significant textiles to create compositions resembling cartography and government flags to display the shared immigrant experience and the symbolism of a newly acquired nationality. 

Layqa Nuna Yawar’s portrait paintings of diasporic individuals depict a longing connection and cultural preservation to one’s ancestry by implementing culturally significant artifacts and landscape imagery. Yawar’s hyper-realist style of painting combined with fluorescent colors gives the renderings the appearance of digital media that brings to thought new technological methods for archiving. 

Each artist’s exploration of relocation from a homeland displays a self-awareness of the change from their previous identity. The journey has broadened their scope of the world, shifted their perspectival view, and diversified their cultural exposure. The migrant experience includes the dilemma of cultural assimilation and preservation and the conflict of societal stigmatization. The double consciousness of how they see themselves comparative to society’s gaze disrupts the act of being to one of contemplation. 

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