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The Nefarious Gaze – Deo Mwano responds to the art of Didier William



March 28th, 2019
The Nefarious Gaze
Deo Mwano responds to the art if Didier William

At SNHU’s McIninch Art Gallery

Manchester, N.H. ( March 19th. 2019) – The McIninch Art Gallery, located in Robert Frost Hall, at Southern New Hampshire University has been exhibiting two artists, Stacey Steers and Didier Willam. The exhibit opened on February 28th and closes on March 30th. A special closing reception will be held on Thursday March 28th at 5:00pm featuring Deo Mwano, dance artist, presenter and refugee advocate who will be providing a hip hop/jazz fusion dance response to the exhibit. The reception is free and open to the public.

“The gaze as a fragile but potent circuitry that exists between the viewer and it’s object, and how that complex system can construct and destroy the body, became a central concern for me after this painting”. Didier William
While working on his first figurative subject in some time, Didier William learned that George Zimmerman had been acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. That incident and the painting that he was working on at that precise moment became a pivotal point for Didier. It shifted the focus of his work to creating somewhat abstract representational figures upon which Didier carved an eye motif that runs throughout this particular body of work. The ubiquitous eyes on his figures peer out at the viewer while opening a portal for the viewer to peer in. “ The nefarious gaze” is all about the experience of being an outsider, of identity and of the disquieting curiosity experienced by many brown and black bodies new to the USA. Didier William is a black, Haitian refugee who self- identifies as queer. “My work is about living in diaspora and the process of constructing meaning out of history, mythology, and lived experience”.
In an articulate physical response to the exhibit, Deo Mwano, a Manchester resident originally from the Congo, will use his unique blend of hip hop, jazz fusion and African dance to widen the lens and deepen the visceral experience of Didier William’s work. Dancing in close proximity to the art, Mwano will draw upon personal and professional experience to inform his dance. Filmed by John Hession of New Millenium Studios, a video will stream in the adjacent Walker Auditorium, capturing a close and intimate glimpse of Mwano’s movement against the backdrop of the William’s exhibit. The video will run continuously and also serve as a reference for a discussion led by Gallery Director Debbie Disston and Deo Mwano.
The McIninch Art Gallery, administered by the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, provides first hand experiences in the arts through collections, exhibitions and diverse programs designed to support the university curriculum and enhance public engagement with fine art.

Please call McIninch Art Gallery Director, Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622, e-mail m.gallery@snhu.edu or visit www.snhu.edu for additional information.

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