‘Where Paradise grows’ curated by Ingrid LaFleur
Where Paradise Grows, curated by Ingrid LaFleur, is a behind the scenes look at Complex Movement’s interactive performance Beware of the Dandelions. The name of the exhibition, Where Paradise Grows, is a reference to the Asian Paradise Tree, an invasive non-indigenous flora of Detroit. It is a metaphor for contemporary colonization. Situated in the rapidly gentrifying Maboneng Precinct of Johannesburg, Where Paradise Grows invites viewers to think more deeply about their own communities and share change-making ideas for their communities.
The exhibition is an immersive environment built on the aesthetics of hip-hop designed to embody the communal lessons found within complex sciences. Through interactive hip-hop performance, handcrafted songs, video projection, mapping, creative technologies, Complex Movements explore the relationship between art, music, science and social justice movements. Complex Movements combines the collective talents of visual artist Wesley Taylor; lyricist and activist Invincible; creative technologist Carlos Garcia and music producer Waajeed. The exhibition is a rare glimpse into the development of such a performance before its completion. The work investigates what the causes of metropolis shape shifting are. Inspired by the transformations that are occurring in both Detroit and Johannesburg, the exhibit explores the relationship between complex science and social justice.
Where Paradise Grows is part of the larger project AFROTOPIA that uses Afrofuturism as a tool for transformative education.