Becoming fugitive state is an exhibition of drawings by artist Dominique White, continuing her examination of Blackness through Afrofuturism and dredging the 'Shipwreck[ed]'.
To date, Dominique has been exploring what she calls the ‘Shipwreck(ed)’: ‘a self-reflexivity and a state of being’. Teeming with life while bereft of it, clusters of shells, raffia and clay cling to hooks and ropes to testify Black transoceanic histories and futurities. For Becoming fugitive state, Dominique presents a series of old and new drawings that dives further into the intangible, leaving the ‘Shipwreck(ed)’ for a ‘Shipwreck(ing)’. Here she works through what writer and scholar Saidiya Hartman calls ‘the diffusion of terror’ that shapes Black becoming.
Dominique's materials in this project are pared down to paper, chalk and kaolin clay. She lands on mutable territories / terror-tories of impossibility. Always already embodied in Blackness, impossibility is as much lived in everyday horrors as it is beyond comprehension. From unrealised propositions to tenuous mark-making, Dominique attempts to (dis)articulate what can’t be – but is.
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