Required Reading | Art in Public Places

On View:
Dec 2nd – 10th, 2023
Curated by:
The Airspace Around The Art & Recreation Center (ARC), 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

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Black Literature has had many challenges, with renewed assaults on its productions. As knowledge produced by African and African Diaspora intellectuals and artists is being debated, legislated, and litigated---reminding us of the dark Nazi period of banning and burning books---Required Reading calls for a return to Memory land where what they ban becomes required.

This Art in Public Places exhibition presents a plurality of works by African and African Diaspora writers and artists as a reflection of polyvocality and decentering of knowledge in a time of a legislative construction of ignorance and new cartographies of power and exclusion.

Ten North Group Arts Foundation is thrilled to extend an exclusive invitation to participate in Required Reading—a captivating, banned books activation in mid-November. Our focus is to nurture the literary passions of the next generation through engaging discussions and public readings in a lush garden installation called The Garden of Humanity.

In the midst of debates, litigation, and legislation surrounding writings by Black individuals,Required Reading delves into the relationships among visual and literary arts in the Black experience. Required Reading will be showcased in Opa-locka with vinyl canvas banners featuring book covers by Black writers. The installation will create landscapes of Black literature at the heart of African American neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County.

Opening Ceremony

Saturday Dec 2nd, 11:45 AM - 2:30 PM in The Garden

  • Panel Discussions: Dive into thought-provoking conversations on the impact of banned books, literary censorship, and the enduring power of storytelling.
  • Public Readings: Your participation in sharing excerpts from these impactful works will amplify the importance of defending freedom of expression. Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to host open mic sessions or other related programming to further enrich the tapestry of diverse narratives.
  • Press conference
  • Public reading of literature excerpts
  • Book giveaway
  • Library card drive

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