This exhibition was cancelled in March of 2020. We regret that we did not publicly post this statement on our website at the time we issued it to Shaun Leonardo. The decision to cancel the exhibition was made solely by management and we accept the responsibilities for our failure. Criticism should not be leveled at those who shared their concerns.
“Historically Indigenous and Black artists have been visionaries in our struggles and movements. They have also affirmed our presence—created temporary spaces of joy and freedom, and enabled me to go on. In the academy I think about things, and lecture about things, but in performance I can set up space together with an audience to share something different. I really liked creating these islands of freedom, little glimpses of freedom where we stand together and we get to feel, just for a second maybe, what freedom might be like, and to get that feeling into our bones.