Fade To Black Brings Creative Luminaries To Little Haiti During Art Basel Miami Beach

FADE TO BLACK is a concept event that brings together a select group of like-minded artists, curators, musicians, collectors and cultural tastemakers.
David Adjaye, Donnamarie Baptiste and Shahira Fahmy: Clifton Henri
David Adjaye, Donnamarie Baptiste and Shahira Fahmy: Clifton Henri
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NEW YORK - Dec. 12, 2014 - PRLog -- FADE TO BLACK
Fade to Black Event : December 6, 2014

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(Miami, FL) December 2014 - Dejha Carrington and Donnamarie Baptiste, along with Karla Ferguson/Yeelen Gallery for this special second edition, present FADE TO BLACK - a movement bringing together some of the most innovative creatives in the industry. With cultural partners Museum of ContemporaryAfrican Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), HYCIDE Magazine and AFROPUNK, this year’s event launched a thought-provoking multi-media exhibition at Yeelen.

Created as an inclusive platform – a meeting of the minds – for artists, curators and arts leaders including actor Jesse Williams, Wangechi Mutu, Sanford Biggers and Terrence Nance, FADE TO BLACK featured guests included architect David Adjaye, artist Hank Willis Thomas, the Met Museum’s Sandra Jackson-Dumont, artist and activist YK Hong, and collectors Reuben O. and Kimberly Charles.

In a powerful photography and video exhibition curated by Akintola Hanif of HYCIDE and MoCADA, NWA JENOSID - “Black genocide” in Haitian Creole - was a site-specific concept designed for Yeelen’s Little Haiti-based project space.  Organized for FADE TO BLACK, NWA JENOSID coincides with the gallery’s acclaimed Art Basel week show by Tim Okamura, Love, Strength, and Soul - an homage that celebrates the underrepresented Black female protagonist. Both exhibitions will remain on view at Yeelen through January 10, 2015.

Carrington, Baptiste, Ferguson, HYCIDE, MoCADA and AFROPUNK are among the following list of this year’s FADE ambassadors and hosts that welcomed over 500 creatives and their guests: Fab 5 Freddy, Wangechi Mutu, Alyse Archer-Coite, Asif Farooq, Coby Kennedy, Derrick Adams, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Esther Park, Heather Hart, Jerome Lagarrigue, Jerome Soimaud, Leah Hamilton, Raye 6, Shantell Martin, Shantrelle P. Lewis, and Taha Clayton; with music by DJ Reborn of Ubiquita Sound System/ Dubspot NY/LA, and DJ Trauma.

More about the Exhibitions
Featuring the hyperrealist paintings for which he has become known, Okamura’s Love, Strength, and Soul serves as a simultaneous testament to his personal friendships and the people often absent from art history. Says Ferguson, “I was drawn to Tim’s work because of his masterful depictions of women which are greatly ignored, marginalized, or exoticized by
society,” said Ferguson. “His brush echoes the struggle for equality across lines of race,
gender, and ethnicity. I see myself in his work; I see generations of women that have taken up the torch and continue to fight.”

Arresting images by HYCIDE publisher and editor-in-chief Akintola Hanif, with photographers Khalik Allah, Nema Eteber, Jamel Shabazz, and artist Adrian Franks, NWA JENOSID tells a story about what Hanif refers to as “a systematic destruction of people of color around the world and in [his] backyard.” Particularly pertinent now with the recent decisions not to indict the police responsible for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NWA JENOSID contains work that examine both the metaphorical and physical deaths of American Blacks—a genocide so underhanded and embedded that it is often ignored.

More about FADE TO BLACK
FADE TO BLACK is a concept event that brings together a select group of like-minded artists, curators, musicians, collectors and cultural tastemakers. Founded in 2012 by Donnamarie Baptiste, Dejha Carrington and Esther Park, the event celebrates the influence of artists of color, and seeks to explore new and evolving partnerships, creative components and compelling spaces. FADE TO BLACK is designed as a spark to ignite the possibilities for future collaborations and projects.

A special thanks to all of our FADE TO BLACK 2014 sponsors:  Yeelen Gallery, Coors Light, Rhum Clement and Chic Wines.

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