Witte de With Contemporary Art
Christa Bell
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Christa Bell

HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN is a multi-disciplinary arts collective made up of 45 African Diasporic artists who have lived and worked together, in various iterations, for the past twenty years. The collective consists of visual artists, writers, poets, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities. Projects conceived and created by this transnational collective ultimately function as laboratories for investigation, production and discourse.

HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? gained critical recognition as a formalized artist collective with their film debut of Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Most recently the collective collaborated on a three month citywide initiative presented by The New Foundation Seattle in partnership with Town Hall, The Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, On the Boards, The University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design, the Henry Art Gallery and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. While in Seattle, members of the collective also attended a two-week residency at Bear Creek Studio in Woodenville, Washington to compose original music and soundscapes for a new series of work. Upcoming exhibitions and projects include; a solo exhibition at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; a film screening and panel discussion for Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, presented by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts at Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-staging Histories conference in Florence, Italy; and an urban planning and social practice project, House Opera | Opera House in Detroit, Michigan.