Seattle-based filmmaker and visual artist Inye Wokoma will have his first ever museum exhibition, This Is Who We Are at the Frye Art Museum, beginning this Saturday, July 9 through September 4. The Frye has this to say the exhibit:
This Is Who We Are examines how migration and displacement force cultures to change and adapt. What is retained, what is lost, and what is generated anew when communities are moved? A lifelong resident of Seattle’s Central District—a neighborhood undergoing rapid redevelopment—Wokoma acknowledges that his home is built on the ancestral land of the Duwamish. As he resists gentrification by fighting to retain his place in the neighborhood, Wokoma concedes his participation in a cycle of displacement: “I live amongst the Duwamish, in the midst of their perpetual displacement and dislocation. I know that the politics of my resistance cannot be separated from the politics of their displacement.”
This Is Who We Are is a deeply personal exploration of questions relating to Wokoma’s identity and our collective reality as co-inhabitants of this place and time. Central to the exhibition is a multi-channel video work that is both performative and cinematic. It documents a ceremonial ritual performed by the artist whereby the living and ancestral members of Wokoma’s family are introduced to the living and ancestral members of the Duwamish.
Visit frymuseum.org for more information on Wokoma and This Is Who We Are.
Inye Wokoma: This Is Who We Are
When: July 9-September 4
Where: Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave)