In her fifth solo exhibition at David Castillo Gallery, Xaviera Simmons presents Sundown, featuring all new text paintings, photography, and sculpture. Organized chronologically, the exhibition opens with tex-based paintings that appropriate language from Christopher Columbus’ diary upon discovering the New World. Simmons further engages with historical imagery by doing rigorous archival research and layering black-and-white images of American life across images of herself as a character.
The works assembled in Sundown pay homage to multiple foundations of the contemporary American narrative — including everything from slavery and colonialism to the Antebellum South and the Civil Rights era. Simmons’ work also questions how our contemporary landscape would be different if black Americans had not been consistently disenfranchised and discriminated. These legacies and systemic injustices are explored in depth to grapple with why major aspects of the American narrative remain virtually invisible to this day.
The opening reception for Sundown will be held on September 20 from 6 to 9pm.
Xaviera Simmons: Sundown
September 20 – November 17, 2018
420 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139