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The Ease of Fiction

When: March 3-June 19 2016



A new CAM Raleigh exhibit extends the homeland introspection of the ongoing Failure of the American Dream (through May 8), a video installation by Phil America that was filmed in a tent city in the shadow of Silicon Valley. Now The Ease of Fiction (through June 19) features paintings, drawings, and sculptures by four young, U.S.-based African artists who intimately navigate the facts, official narratives, and myths of two nations that see each other in different ways. In "kindred," Nigeria's ruby onyinyechi amanze layers photo transfers and drawings in a luminous scene of wading birds, braided hair, and a leopard-headed gentleman of a distinctly colonial mien. A similarly vivid, dreamlike mingling of the drawing room and the savanna can be seen in striking, large-scale scenes by Botswanan painter Meleko Mokgosi. Rwanda's Duhirwe Rushemeza's sculptural paintings mimic deteriorating walls, while Egypt's Sherin Guirguis slips around figuration, into intricate patterns of hand-cut paper that unite the ancient Middle East with California modernism. Curated by New York's Dexter Wimberly, The Ease of Fiction adds a vivid facet to the Phil America exhibit's implicit critique of national idealism, displacement, and exclusion. —Brian Howe

CAM RALEIGH, RALEIGH 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., $5 (free for members),

Price: $5


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