Now on view at Higher Pictures Generation: Keisha Scarville, Li/mb.
Runs from December 4, 2021 – February 12, 2022
16 Main Street, Ground Floor
Brooklyn NY 11201
Higher Pictures Generation is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 11am to 6pm.
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Photographer Keisha Scarville’s first solo gallery exhibition explores the interwoven connections between her homelands of New York City and Guyana and the legacy of the Caribbean limbo dance, born on the ships crossing the Middle Passage.
Li/mb draws conceptual inspiration from M. Jacqui Alexander’s Pedagogies of Crossing, Guyanese author Wilson Harris’ writing on the history of limbo and its role in the Caribbean diasporic imagination, and Barbadian poet Kamau Brathwaite’s poem “Caliban.” Scarville focuses on how the limbo dance represents a threshold, both physical and allegorical. Figures and faces are obscured, seemingly melting into fabric or joining with stone, and limbs contorted and multiplied in shadowy echoes, all examining notions of liminality, permeability, adaptation, and evasion. The limbo dance describes a performative space that tests the flexibility of the Black body and its ability to negotiate often impossible spaces, while at the same time opening a gateway for recollection.