Based on the strong belief that artists’ voices should be heard, nurtured and protected, Denniston Hill is dedicated to fostering dialogue through our core programs. We are committed to amplifying under-the-radar voices, and encouraging conversations among and beyond our community of artists striving for change and cultural awareness. The artists we support fearlessly challenge mainstream understandings of gender, identity, and race while working tirelessly to bring attention to the critical issues of our time.
We advance our mission by offering alternative support structures that are not reliant on market forces, and by providing artists opportunities to create work, explore ideas, and push boundaries.
Thematic Program 2017-2022
Denniston Hill develops its programs in thematic cycles, identifying a topic of particular urgency and broad resonance. Since 2017, we have been exploring the theme of Exodus and the aesthetics and ethics of uncertainty. In particular, DH seeks to investigate the legacy of slavery and the politics of race and gender in relation to the current wave of cognitive confusion. At stake is a full appreciation of the agency of the enslaved as an aesthetic and philosophical resource for the journey ahead. At stake is a full appreciation of the agency of the enslaved as an aesthetic and philosophical resource for the journey ahead.
Exodus calls on artists, scholars, activists, thought leaders and cultural workers to take advantage of this moment to interweave work, action, and intellect to re-imagine an engaged withdrawal through disobedience, intemperance, the right of resistance, and miracle. Our programs are dedicated to the Exodus and the exit from the fantasy of security into the reality of the mirage.