A CONVERSATION ON CARLOS MOTTA'S REFUGEE PORTRAITS IN THE CROSSING
Denniston Hill announces its thematic program for 2018-2022, Exodus. When Moses led the Jews of Egypt out of bondage and into the desert, it was a moment of great upheaval in which timeworn patterns of alienation, subjection, and solidarity in the “house of slavery and iniquitous labor” were suddenly dawning, away from the security of oppression, the mirages of the desert and their murmurings of uncertainty began to overwhelm them. While the narration of the Exodus often calls to mind the uptopic moment of fulfillment upon reaching the “Promised Land”, the real protagonists of the story are the first generation of ex-slaves who made the imaginative leap to reject bondage and then spent 40 years wandering. Bringing the Exodus story outside of its religious confines finds new resonance today in a world defined by homelessness, both literal and existential, on an epic scale.
For the next five years, Denniston Hill dedicates its residency and public programs to the theme of Exodus and the exit from the fantasy of security into the reality of the mirage. In particular, we will investigate the history of slavery and the politics of race and gender in relation to current cognitive confusion. It proposes a full appreciation of the agency of the enslaved as an aesthetic and philosophical resource for the ontological ‘journey’ ahead.
This year we are hosting over 20 residents—artists, filmmakers, poets, writers and other creative visionaries from across the United States, Kenya and Jordan/France, who have always been on the leading edge of the ontological Exodus. They are the inventors of new imaginaries, language, sensations, and categories of thoughts. A full list can be found here.
YEARS OF SEEING RED: SIMONE LEIGH AND ANDRIANNA CAMPBELL, CO-PRESENTED WITH Independent Curators International
Denniston Hill is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization and a New York State registered charity. From its location in the southern Catskills, Denniston Hill supports innovation and exploration in the visual arts, architecture, literature, the sciences, and humanities through residencies, exhibitions, and educational programs.