In Their Own Form: Opening Reception + Artist Talk

Photo: Alun Be, PotentialityPhoto: Alun Be, Potentiality
Exhibiting artists will discuss their work at the opening of the new MoCP show "In Their Own Form."

“Afrofuturism doesn’t create in opposition to anything. … Self-expression in Afrofuturism isn’t about making a statement, it’s about being.”

Ytasha Womack on Afrofuturism

The Museum of Contemporary Photography will debut the new exhibition In Their Own Form April 12, with a lecture from exhibiting artist Ayana V. Jackson to follow the opening reception. Exhibiting artist Alun Be will present a lecture the next day, April 13, at 12 p.m.

In Their Own Form features 13 artists exploring the limitless possibilities of Blackness in a world without oppression, racism, and harmful stereotypes. Through 33 photographic and video works, artists employ Afrofuturism—the intersection of science fiction, Afrocentrism, fantasy, technology, and non-Western mythologies—and Afrofuturist themes such as time-travel and escapist fantasies to reshape a traumatic past and imagine a future of endless possibility in the Black experience. 

Featured artists include Kenyan multimedia creator Jim Chuchu, whose work is currently featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; South African artist/activist and ICP Infinity Award winner Zanele Muholi; Ethiopian photographer and African photography expert Aida Muluneh; and others. In Their Own Form was curated by Sheridan Tucker Anderson, the MoCP’s Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts.

In Their Own Form: Opening Reception + Artist Talk
Thursday, April 12
5-7 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.