Nyugen Smith: Of Matter and Memory
September 6 - October 14, 2016
Seton Hall University’s Walsh Gallery welcomes Nyugen Smith for his solo exhibition “Of Matter and Memory.” The exhibition conflates the artist’s original artwork with objects from the University’s Department of Archives and Special Collections to recontextualize interpretations of these artifacts. Drawing heavily on his West Indian heritage, Nyugen is committed to raising the consciousness of past and present political struggles through his practice which consists of sculpture, installation, video and performance. He is influenced by African cultural traditions and the residue of European colonial rule in the West Indies. Responding to the legacy of this particular environment, Nyugen’s work considers imperialist practices of oppression, violence and ideological misnomers. While exposing audiences to concealed narratives that distort reality, he destabilizes constructed frameworks from which this conversation is often held.