Sonia Boyce, Kudzanai Chiurai, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Leonardo Drew, Nicholas Galanin, Arthur Jafa, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, Lorraine O' Grady, Thomas J. Price, Tabita Rezaire, Faith Ringgold, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems and Fred Wilson
Goodman Gallery presents Living Just Enough, an exhibition which seeks to acknowledge and contextualise the current global reckoning with white supremacy and structural racism led by the Black Lives Matter movement.
The exhibition takes its title from a refrain in Stevie Wonder's 1974 hit 'Living for the City'. The song tells the story of a young Black man who moves to New York from Mississippi and his experiences of hardships born of systemic racism. These difficulties reflect challenges faced by black people around the world, which continue unabated to this day.
Living Just Enough features work by artists of varying generations who respond to these conditions from historic perspectives and in relation to the current global moment - a state of deepened rupture exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The diverse practices of each artist intersect with different forms of activism which oppose gender-based violence, homophobia, transphobia and the erasure of the culture of indigenous peoples.
Goodman Gallery is acutely aware that these pandemics affect Black people and people of Colour disproportionately and would like to use the exhibition as a vehicle to support these communities and to continue our commitment to social justice.
As such, Goodman Gallery will donate 10% of each sale from this exhibition to two existing entities who are foregrounding Black lives:
Johannesburg's Witkoppen Clinic, a healthcare facility providing essential services to impoverished, largely Black, communities on the margins of the city. Since opening a gallery in London this time last year, Goodman Gallery has partnered with artists to raise funds for the Clinic, which is under especially high pressure at this time.
The second is the Black Lives Matter movement who continue to do important work in breaking down structural racism which oppresses Black people in the US and globally.
Press release courtesy Goodman Gallery.