Curated by Cathy Lu, Curatorial Council Member
This exhibition is a gathering of necromancers, ancestor callers, and those unafraid to call upon that which was proclaimed dead and over, but in fact has been fully alive and permeating every aspect of our worlds and beings. Moving Clouds features artists whose work actively creates portals between past and present, life and death. Many of these artists draw attention to histories and cultures that have often been silenced or pushed into the margins, despite their continued impact. They engage with the past in order to understand our present and co-build our futures. Through these artists, the dead are alive. Other artists’ works are reminders of how many BIPOC and LGBTQ+ and diasporic communities exist precariously in a state close to death because of a denial of access to medical care, state brutality, etc. In the process, the haunting proximity of death is turned into an opportunity for humanization and empowerment.