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Lorraine O'Grady

Landscape (Western Hemisphere), 2010/2011

Lorraine O'Grady, included in the exhibition The Last Place They Thought Of, at ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA.

Organized by Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow 2017-19, Daniella Rose King, The Last Place They Thought Of explores how geographical, ideological and spatial paradigms determine and reproduce uneven social relations. Four artists – Torkwase Dyson, Lorraine O’Grady, Jade Montserrat, and Keisha Scarville – take very different approaches to this phenomenon, deeply considering how histories of racial, sexual, and economic exploitation have shaped our understanding of geography, and the realities of our environment. Through abstraction, performance, and fiction, this intergenerational group of artists conspire with a cadre of writers, including Katherine McKittrick, from whom the exhibition title was borrowed. Illuminating histories of black women’s liberation, resistance and concealment throughout the black diaspora, this exhibition creates a discursive locus to reconsider geographic space; as it pertains to the environment and our changing climate, how it regulates the production and performance of identity, and upholds material and metaphorical borders and boundaries.

The Last Place They Thought Of 

April 27 - August 12, 2018
ICA Philadelphia 
118 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3289
(215) 898-7108