"Home | Free," 2017
Solo Exhibition and Live Performance
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

"Home | Free" is a solo exhibition of recent work, which is currently on view at the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco through April 2, 2017. The exhibition addresses a diasporic longing for a physical and psychic home in a time of increased voluntary and involuntary mass migration of black bodies. Through an interdisciplinary practice of live performance, video performance, installation, photography, objects, and mark-making, I present works that reflects on the complexity, transformation, and rebellion that come with migration, immigration, and gentrification. "Home | Free" explores the use of home-building materials as art objects and the visual language of maps, lines, text, and movement — all tools to help the body navigate the world.

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Above: Video documentation of the exhibition's installation.

Above: Video documentation of the live performance. The live performance for "Home | Free" took place on February 16 in the exhibition space, and featured musical guest Zena Carlota, as well as performers Gianna Brusa and Natalie Falero. The performance consisted of twenty minutes of mapping the museum and exhibition space, while activating the objects within the exhibition through music, spoken words, and movement. Documentation by Aidah Aliyah Rasheed.

Above: Excerpt from "Sacred Transitions," a 14 minute video that was displayed as projection in the "Home | Free" exhibition. It is a compilation of seven performances in Oakland, Harlem, DC, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Each performance is a collaboration with an artist who lives and works in this community, and addresses the issue of gentrification and migration. The artists featured in this excerpt in order of appearance are Autumn Knight, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Aidah Aliyah Rasheed.

Above: Video excerpt of "Divination: Mapping the Unknown," which was on view as part of a drawing and video installation.

Above: Video excerpt of "Divination: Watching Fate Unfold," which was on view as part of a sculpture and video installation.
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Above: Photograph of the exhibition installation.
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Above: Video, sculpture and photo installations, titled "Divination: Watching Fate Unfold" and "Divination: Mapping the Unknown."
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Above: Photography and installation, titled "To the Stonetop" (left) and "Brick Bye Brick" (right).
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Above: Photography and installation, titled "Wish it Wood" (left) and "It Wood Be Beautiful" (right).
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Above: Assemblage of sand, rocks, soil, wine, brick, door knobs, door hinges, door locks, and keys, titled "For the Displaced: Empathy, Amulets, and Medicinals."
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Above: Charcoal text drawing on wall, titled "Prayers & Scriptures of Possibilities."
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Above: Photo documentation of the live performance within the exhibition space.
Helina Metaferia Home | Free

Above: Photo documentation of the live performance within the exhibition space.
Helina Metaferia Home | Free

Above: Photo documentation of the live performance within the exhibition space.

Below: Some of the photographs displayed within the exhibition.
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