“New Archives: Visions & Voices from AWC Lab” is a collection of collaborative works by Pittsburgh and New York artists, on view at Carnegie Library Main (Oakland) Jan 26 – Mar 3, 2019. Featuring works by:
- Iyapo Repository [Salome Asega, Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, Mariama Jalloh, Mala Kumar]
- Black Unicorn Library & Archives Project [Bekezela Mguni]
- Afronaut(a) [Alisha Wormsley, Njaimeh Njie, Christina Springer]
- Institute of Plant Motivation [Becs Epstein]
- BOOM Concepts [D.S. Kinsel, Anqwenique Wingfield] & Ava Kling
The videos, sculptures, manuscripts and digital artworks on view are based on storylines and designs created between artists and over 100 Pittsburgh residents who participated in the August Wilson Center Lab. The AWC Lab was a pop-up art & technology research center where people of all ages imagined and enacted futuristic tools, technologies, systems, and narratives that affirm and project the future of people of African descent.
The AWC Lab artworks engage collective and personal approaches to storytelling & archival practice, afrofuturism, science-fiction, and design-thinking.
This exhibition with the Carnegie Library provides a special opportunity for these works to be in conversation with one of Pittsburgh’s largest and oldest archives – the public library.
The AWC Lab and exhibition were organized and produced by VIA, and have been made possible through the generous support of the Pittsburgh Foundation August Wilson Programming Fund, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, August Wilson Center, and New Sun Rising.