Episode 1: Jacqueline Francis and Ebitenyefa Baralaye

Notes from MoAD

Episode 1: Jacqueline Francis and Ebitenyefa Baralaye

By Jacqueline Francis March 7, 2018

Notes from MoAD is dedicated to the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Emerging Artist Program, giving the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African diaspora.

In the first episode of this mini series, art historian Jacqueline Francis sits down with sculptor and designer Ebitenyefa Baralaye to discuss his history and identity as its spans from his birthplace in Nigeria, through Antigua, and currently the US. Baralaye goes in depth with the ways his specific history and memory influences his pedagogical beliefs and how those beliefs influence his practice. He reveals to Francis details about his relationship to clay as a material taking the form of obstruction and how he's adapted his experience in tech and design industries to sculpting. He was the first Emerging Artist Program (EAP) artist at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for the 2017-2018 program year, and his solo exhibition, Many Rooms, was up at MoAD from September 20 to November 26, 2017.

Jacqueline Francis is the author of Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America (2012) and co-editor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (2011). Francis presently serves as Chair of Visual and Critical Studies at CCA.

Ebitenyefa Baralaye received his MFA in ceramics from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (2016) and his BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006). His work has been featured in various domestic and international venues including the 2011 Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale and a 2017 solo exhibition at the Museum of the African Diaspora. Ebi is an AICAD Teaching Fellow and visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently represented by David Klein Gallery in Detroit.


Click here for more information about MoAD's Emerging Artist Program.

For more information about Ebitenyefa Baralaye visit: www.baralaye.com



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