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Nicolas Premier at Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery

Opening on March 12, Baruch College’s Mishkin Gallery will present BLUES, an exhibition by the Franco-Congolese visual artist and musician Nicolas Premier, the music producer Lamin Fofana, and the Italian storyteller Jim C. Nedd.

Lamin Fofana creates spaces in the West for the showcase of contemporary black life and culture. He draws his inspiration from history and sound, creating non-linear thoughts and experiences.

The Mishkin Gallery will be the main site of the exhibition, with additional elements like posters and soundtracks spread throughout the college campus and city. Seeking both physical and emotional resonance, the works challenge dominant forms of representation and communication while drawing upon the artists’ personal experiences of diaspora.

Throughout the exhibition, the Gallery will hold live musical performances, talks, readings, and listening sessions to encourage visitors to collectively think through what Christina Sharpe calls “wake work” - living with and attending to the paradoxical history of slavery.

About the Artists:

Lamin Fofana is an electronic music producer and artist based in Berlin, Germany. Fofana’s music contrasts the reality of our world with what is beyond it and explores questions of movement, migration, alienation, and belonging. His overlapping interest in history and actuality and practice of translating text into sound manifest in multisensory live performances and installations that feature original musical compositions, field recordings, and archival material.

Jim C. Nedd lives and works in Milan, Italy. He is an Afro-Colombian interdisciplinary storyteller, involved in sonic projects and the visual arts. Co-founder of the experimental band Primitive Art, alongside Matteo Pit, Nedd also operates as a photographer for advertising and editorial projects and contributes to the the Toiletpaper magazine. 

Nicolas Premier is a Franco-Congolese artist living and working in Paris. His work uses African and Afro-diasporic experiences and representations to question how we inhabit the earth, our bodies and our imagination. In 2004, he co-founded Africa is the Future, a transmedia project that explores the imaginary as a matrix of possibilities through which we can interrogate modernity and its primordial taboos.

The exhibition is curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and will be open between March 12 and May 22.

With the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.