ZMA Opens Spring Exhibitions: "Louder than Words" and "Resurgence"

actor at a poker table gestures, "where is he now?"

KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb 1, 2019) — The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art’s Spring exhibitions include "Louder than Words" and "Sahwa/Resurgence: The Works of Hicham Barrada" on view from February 2 through May 5, 2019. 

Louder than Words features artists who privilege silence (non-linguistic sounds, symbols, or gestures) over words as their method of communication. The exhibition includes works on paper, video, and sculpture, as well as performance works that emphasize the importance of the body as a vehicle for nonverbal expression. Four featured artists are deaf, and their work addresses issues of translation and the loss of information. Louder than Words also explores the power of silence as a form of protest, or as a means to call attention to power and oppression. Curator Teresa Bramlette Reeves says of the exhibition, “This is a show where sound can be seen and felt as well as heard; books don’t rely on words; and silence can be experienced as overwhelmingly powerful.”

An opening reception on Saturday, February 2, 2019 featured Katelyn Rose King’s re-creation of John Cage’s Water Walk and Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky will perform her work, Candidate 23. During the run of the exhibition, the museum will offer guided experimental tours created by Artist/Choreographer Nicole Livieratos that privilege action and movement as a form of engaging with the work in the show.

Artists included: Terry Adkins, Christopher Adler, Dara Birnbaum, John Cage, James Castle, Nick Cave, Joseph Grigley, Dana Haugaard, Sarah Hobbs, Vanessa Yvonne Jagodinsky, Katelyn Rose King, Christine Sun Kim, Alison O’Daniel, Yoko Ono, Alix Pearlstein, Trevor Reese, and Geo Sipp.

The Zuckerman Museum of Art also presented a solo exhibition of Franco-Moroccan artist Hicham Berrada titled Sahwa / Resurgence.  Located in the Henrique Atrium, six video works by Berrada expose a sublime beauty that unexpectedly results from disruptive interactions, such as the collision of chemicals in solution or man-made interventions in the environment. The Arabic word sahwa, translates as “resurgence,” speaks to the transformation of the mundane into something eerily beautiful.  This exhibition is presented as part of Kennesaw State University’s Year of Morocco programming.