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Denis Mutungi Mwaura is an artist-art historian, writer, and curator whose research focuses on public art, performance, photography and new media. His photographic practice chronicles embodiment through personal narratives, landscapes, and portraiture. Multiple exhibitions and public programs his curatorial research has supported include: Young, Gifted, and Black (2021) at Gallery 400; Malangatana: Mozambique Modern (2020) and Naughty Nymphs in the Courtyard of the Favorites (2022) at the Art Institute of Chicago; Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich: Speculative Archives (2021) and Wong Ping: Digital Fables (2021) at Conversations at the Edge. Denis writings on artists including Kapwani Kiwanga, Daniela Rivera, and Senzeni Marasela appear in the Boston Art Review and Africanah. He is a Program Manager at Gallery 400 and an MA graduate from the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Rohan Ayinde is an interdisciplinary poet based in London and often working in Chicago. His work is centred around creating "otherwise" potentials (Ashon Crawley), and in so doing breaking down and simultaneously reconfiguring the ideological architectures that shape our daily and generational lives. The landscapes his work explores are formed through the lens of a black radical tradition committed to imagining freedom as a horizon of possibility. They are an archive of the journey there; maps under continuous construction; refusals to acquiesce to the dominant structures of thought that frame the world we live in.

Oscillating between poetry, photography, video, drawings, and curatorial projects, Ayinde’s work is in a constant negotiation with itself, trying to understand the role it plays in building the worlds it is invested in imagining. Most recently, his work is shaped by a dance around the possibility opened up by the logics of black holes, specifically when read in conversation with the historical and material conditions of blackness.

Rohan Ayinde is one half of the wayward/motile collaborative duo i.as.in.we, with friend/producer/dancer Yewande YoYo Odunubi. He received his MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019). He is a curatorial fellow with ACRE projects, and has curated shows at Blanc Gallery (Chicago), ACRE Projects (Chicago) and NOW Gallery (London).

Ayinde’s work exists in many places, both fleeting and permanent.

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