Art League Houston presents Proof, a dynamic multimedia exhibition by Studio Enertia, a collaborative project by Houston performer and composer Lisa E. Harris and Pittsburg-based artist Alisha B. Wormsley. The exhibition features a selection of sculptural installations, performance art, video and photography that bring together five major bodies of work that explore the artists ongoing interest in themes of the African Diaspora, social justice and urban mythology.
Proof transforms the gallery into an incubator-like space where the artists will experiment with combining individual narratives that reference global tradition, nostalgia and futurist dreams as a way to incite new dialogue on contemporary issues that affect the people of the African Diaspora. The exhibition is designed to create an immersive environment where the artworks are meant to be experienced in context with each other rather than as individual units.
For this exhibition, the works revisited include Slaves and Indians, a guerrilla performance that explores the lack of historic connection that people have to the American landscape versus the institutionalization of art institutions in America; The Transformation of Oshe, a photo montage installation with operatic performance, exploring African Diasporic myth and spirituality; Lilith, a new-opera film exploring the demonization of women, set in the post-earth future, inspired by the archetypal first woman of the earth in ancient Sumerian mythology; Cry of the Third Eye, an experimental new-opera film about gentrification, identity and abduction in Houston's Third Ward; and There Are Black People In the Future, an archival installation of myths and histories pulled from The children of Nan, a sci-fi mythology by Alisha B. Wormsley of a civilization in which dark skinned women ruled the earth 2,000 years ago.
The opening reception is on Feb. 28, 6-9 p.m., with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. A live performance will take place on March 14, 7 p.m., with a film screening of Hashtag It Doesn't Matter on April 1, 7 p.m.
The exhibition is on view from Feb. 28 through April 5.