Strand at The RISD Museum, Spring 2019
Strand is a performative sculptural work that is activated by an intergenerational community of weavers using the Grand Gallery as site for a commemorative piece that spans 400 years since the enslavement of Africans in the United States of America to the present day, from 1619 to 2019. Weavers will be creating a foot of the sculpture as a marker for each year, building over the course of a week a 400 foot piece composed of hair, cotton, netting, beads, shells and rope. Strand will be imbued with the embodied knowledge, ancestral recall, intuition, audacity of survival, love and care of the people generating it.
During Strand’s creation in the Grand Gallery, the space and the piece will be surrounded and imbued by groups of intergenerational musicians, poets, vocalists and orators. They will play, sing, read and add their experience and energy to Strand, amplifying the layers of resilience, memory and visibility. Performers will attend to the work daily between 10 am and 3 pm in a more improvised fashion. Visitors are encouraged to stay and witness the weavers at work and the performers who grace them.
Artists García Sinclair & Nafis White
García Sinclair's studio practice is exceptionally diverse in medium and structure enabling them to create works ranging from installations to drawings, performance, sound, photography, textiles, printmaking, and sculpture. Leveraging their curiosity, skill and experimental research process, they are able to generate multi-layered, transdisciplinary works of art. Themes that inform their practice include time, presence and absence, the body as archive, identity, memory, and alchemy.
García holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. They studied abroad in the MFA program at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2015/16, and earned their MFA in Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2018.
Nafis White is a multidisciplinary fine artist who creates her work from objects commonly found in beauty supply stores, natural, industrial and irrigation components and the seemingly limitless horizons of our global and political landscapes. Through sculpture, installation, photography and weaving she centers the uncanny audacity of self-affirmation and love by means of repetition as a form of change.
White’s work is in the permanent collection of the RISD Museum and University of New Mexico Art Museum, and has been exhibited at Autograph ABP, Goldsmiths University and OXO Tower in London, Overture Center for the Arts Madison, The de Young Museum, National Queer Arts Festival, among many others.
White holds an MFA and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island.