June 14, 2021


(Cleveland, OH)-- SPACES’ summer exhibition, InSights, showcases work by artist-in-residence Nafis M. White (Providence, RI). Crafted throughout both the Front and Gund Galleries, as well as Toby’s Vault, this landmark exhibition will feature new and re-envisioned bodies of work. White is a multidisciplinary fine artist who creates her work from objects commonly found in beauty supply stores, natural, industrial and irrigation components and the seemingly limitless horizons of our global and political landscapes.

Through sculpture, installation, photography and weaving, InSights centers the uncanny audacity of self-affirmation and love by means of repetition as a form of change. Over the course of this residency, White continued development of three distinct bodies of sculptural works which are an exploration and exaltation of Black identity and experience through her seminal series, All In (After Tony Feher), Oculus, and Self Portrait. White’s ongoing exploration of self and identity is furthered through new installations that engage sensory experiences. From licorice tastings to new car smells, White’s works demand multi-dimensional engagement with art.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 18th from 6-9PM. On Saturday, June 19th, at 6PM, SPACES will host

La Tanya S. Autry in conversation with Nafis M. White. Autry has curated exhibitions and organized programs at moCa Cleveland, Yale University Art Gallery, Artspace New Haven, and other institutions. Through her graduate studies at the University of Delaware, where she is completing her Ph.D. in art history, Autry has developed expertise in the art of the United States, photography, and museums. Her dissertation The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America, which analyzes how individuals and communities memorialize lynching violence in the built environment, concentrates on the interplay of race, representation, memory, and public space.

The galleries will be open to SPACES Members and friends on June 15th from 6-9PM, by request to members of the press on June 17th, and will be open to the general public on June 18th at 6PM. SPACES is located at 2900 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH. Gallery Hours are 12PM-5PM Wednesday-Saturday, with limited capacity. Guests are encouraged to wear masks and maintain social distance from staff and others as much as possible. For more information, visit www.SPACEScle.org, call 216.621.2314, or email contact@SPACEScle.org.

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