INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL
EN MAS’

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)

  • EN MAS', installation view, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 2017, courtesy of MoAD and ICI.
  • EN MAS', installation view, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 2017, courtesy of MoAD and ICI.
  • EN MAS', installation view, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 2017, courtesy of MoAD and ICI.
  • EN MAS', installation view, The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), 2017, courtesy of MoAD and ICI.

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
San Francisco, CA
September 20, 2017 – March 4, 2018

 

This fall, MoAD presents the first west coast version of EN MAS' and will highlight the city's own relationship to Carnival through a series of public programs and a film series. Included are The Global Street Dance Masquerade conceptualized by Artistic Director Rashad Pridgen.  The Global Street Dance Masquerade is a site specific, dance ceremony, presenting thematic, socially conscious, full body masquerade suits in urban environments for diverse audiences. The Bio Spirit Safety Suit is a contemporary homage to the Orisha Omolu exploring the HIV/AIDS epidemic through movement and performance art spectacle manifest through a Pan-African full body masquerade.

MoAD also will team up with the SF Latino Film Festival to present Jump Up: The EN MAS’ Film Series, six weeks of documentaries and features portraying the magical impact of Carnival in various places in the African Diaspora (Trinidad,  Brazil, Guadeloupe, New Orleans, Cape Verde and New York). Each program has a strong focus on the music, performers and the flamboyant attire so central to the celebrations including calypso and soca of Trinidad, Salvador’s blocos afros, Guadeloupe’s zouk, Mardi Gras’ Black Indian clubs, the transgender paraders on São Vicente island and Brooklyn’s Caribbean saturated Labor Day festivities. 

For more information visit MoAD’s website here.


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