“Westward Bound” curated by Savona Bailey-McClain, Executive Director and Chief Curator for the West Harlem Art Fund, shows digital images and drawings by French artist Patrick Singh. This installation will also be accompanied by digital interviews and new podcasts created by National Park Service that share the meaning of the Adinkira symbols surrounding the inner wall of the outdoor memorial.
The African Burial Ground is the oldest and largest historical grave site of Africans inAmerica. Over 400 bodies are believed buried there. This body of work was inspired by the burial ground while the artist was staying in Africa, Europe and New York City. Close to six million skilled Africans from the Windward, Rice and Gold Coast crossed the Atlantic to the Americas and Caribbean islands. “Westward Bound” commemorates that diversity and begins to share a broader story not often told through art.
The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. is a seventeen year old public arts organization. WHAF offers exhibition opportunities for artists and creative professionals wishing to share their talent with residents uptown and around the City. The West Harlem Art Fund, Inc. showcases art and culture in open, public spaces to add aesthetic interest to our part of the city; promote historical and cultural heritage; and support community involvement in local development. Our African symbol is the double crocodile from West Africa. Funtunmmireku-Denkyemmirreku means unity in diversity.