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SOMATIC SATIATION at Studio Sixty Six opening September 14

Please join us on Thursday, September 14th from 6-9pm for the opening of SOMATIC SATIATION, a solo exhibition of new work by mixed media artist Kosisochukwu Nnebe curated by Rose Ekins.

“Somatic satiation” (somatic meaning ‘bodily’) mimics the phenomenon of semantic satiation whereby repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener. Here, the image of the black woman is repeated over and over again - at times overtly, other times hidden and abstracted, but always present. In the same way repeated words will temporarily lose their meaning over time, this exhibition aims to overwhelm the viewer with representations and depictions of black womanhood until they begin to question their understanding of it, and the biases their minds conjure up at the sight of a black woman. This moment of questioning creates an interval- an interruption, or rather an opening - that allows for a new understanding of black womanhood; one that is intimate and expansive; intrinsic and radical.

Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist. Her work aims to combine critical theory and visual arts practice, and explores the role of art as an interactive and disruptive force. Her work has been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Places des Arts and Station 16 in Montreal, and the Mohr Gallery in Mountain View, California. She is currently based in Ottawa.

In the opening passages of the chapter “The lived experience of the black man” in Black Skin, White Masks, Fanon describes an encounter with a young white boy and his mother in a way that is visceral and raw. The moment is one in which the narrator finds himself reduced to his race and seemingly stripped of all agency and indeed of his body altogether: “My body returned to me spread-eagled, disjointed, redone, draped in mourning on this white winter's day.” “Disruption” depicts this scene and the process of racialization that can be so disruptive to the daily lives of people of colour.

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