MATERIAL INTIMACIES at NXTHVN Gallery
Material Intimacies features eight contemporary artists—Wesley Chavis, Natalie Diaz, Candice Lin, Stephanie A. Lindquist, Yvette Mayorga, Hương Ngô, Natani Notah, and Zina Saro-Wiwa—whose work materializes, or makes tangible, intimacies forged or ruptured by colonialism. Together, the artists put forth radical associations with desire, kinship, vulnerability, sensuality, land, and touch.
Through installation, video, sound, textile, and print, the exhibition examines intimacy as an encounter shaped by colonialism’s globalizing force, whereby white European settlers forced violent contact with Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian peoples and severed sacred ties to land and kin. Within a horrific web of enslavement, exploitation, and commodification, colonialism structured intimacy around the desires of white people. For those colonized and their descendants, the possibilities of intimacy remain restricted or out of reach.