Curated by: Akintola Hanif
Opening Reception: October 21, 2016, 6-9pm
This event is sponsored by The City of Newark and PSEG
The 5 Wards is a photography exhibition curated by Akintola Hanif featuring works by Manuel Acevedo, Cesar Melgar, Tamara Fleming, Colleen Gutwein, Fabian Palencia, Nema Etebar, Stefan Brown and Rhys Valmonte. Presented in conjunction with HYCIDE magazine, the exhibition will also launch The 5 Wards online series, which is part of Newark Celebration 350.
The series is a public engagement project that explores the diverse people and landscapes of Newark’s five wards highlighting perceptions, realities and struggles faced by Newark residents, artists and business owners. Through photography and video, the artists reveal nuanced reflections of change, culture and community, providing a deeper analysis of Newark as it commemorates its 350th anniversary.
“At a time when the dominant narratives of Newark focus on either crime or redevelopment, The 5 Wards presents a more balanced view of the people and places that are often left out of these conversations,” says curator and HYCIDE magazine Editor-In- Chief, Akintola Hanif.
An opening reception for The 5 Wards will be held at City Without Walls on Friday, October 21, 2016, 6-9pm during the Newark Arts Open Doors Festival featuring performances by Khalil Jibran and Jasmine Mans and music by DJ Ezrakh.
The exhibition will also include a screening of Revolution ’67, a film directed by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno (2007). An illuminating account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history – the Black urban rebellions of the 1960’s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, N.J. rebellion on July 12, 1967, the film reveals how the disturbance began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America’s struggles over race and economic justice.
Limited edition posters will be available to purchase.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The 5 Wards exhibition will be on view through December 17, 2016.