We use these hands to live and love and understand the world. However, there is a long and dark tradition of the removal of these precious hands from African bodies.
"Reaching for Absence" is an exhibition that takes the famous colonial symbol of Belgian lace and drapes it in beauty and tension on the Black body, with an emphasis on the hand. It reimagines historical scenes through themes of ritual, subverting expectations and looking to find an answer in the absence.
It asks us: where do we connect? When we are separated, we reach in absence, for absence.