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Imani Roach: Old Habits Are Harder To Kill Than Love
Open through Sunday, April 12

Imani Roach: Old Habits Are Harder To Kill Than Love

Friday, March 6, 2020 – Sunday, April 12, 2020
Presented in Gallery Four


When does the flower in the vase learn that it has been separated from its roots? Why are easily recognizable patterns of the mind and heart so difficult to alter? Inspired by a quote from Zimbabwean author Chenjerai Hove, Old Habits Are Harder To Kill Than Love, explores the nature of love, loss, mourning and customs both individual and collective. Taking an alchemist’s approach to sculpture, this show also pays homage to artist Imani Roach’s personal pantheon of black female performers.


Imani Roach is a Philadelphia-based art historian, visual artist and musician. Across disciplines, she is interested in the surveillance, consumption and expression of black emotion, and her visual work often explores this terrain using labor-intensive, craft techniques. A former editor at both Artblog and Guernica magazines, she currently teaches classes on African and Afro-Diasporic art at UPenn and the University of the Arts. She is a co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project (a bi-coastal performance collaborative), and a lapsed doctoral candidate at Harvard writing on black photojournalism in Apartheid South Africa. As a lead vocalist for the York Street Hustle, a 10-piece 1960s soul band, she has the nerve to cover Aretha franklin songs frequently and in public. This lesson in perpetual failure informs this new body of work as it does every other.
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