TILT Institute for the Contemporary Image

Jay Simple: Where The Young Bols Rumble

September 14 – December 16, 2023
Main Gallery
Free To The Public

What does it mean to grow up learning that surviving means fighting? Surviving the streets, surviving the systems, surviving despite ourselves. How can we recover from the tumultuous bubbling of the wake, the aftermath of the historical and contemporary trauma of our experiences? How do we turn surviving, gasping for air, into living?

This exhibition is a shifting through time, space, ourselves, the fantasy, and the “real.” It is the alchemy of old; it is a spell to grant us, for a second, a space to reflect on the cosmic slop that is the American Dream (and Nightmare). This is where the young bols rumble, nobody gets out unbruised, and surviving the wounds becomes more complicated with time.

Artist Bio:

Jay Simple is a son, a brother, a father, a friend, an artist, an activist, and a scholar led by his ancestors and Allah. He was born in the ghetto of the Universe, Earth, where he is currently trying to untangle himself from the degradation within the systems of his time. He is one dark body enduring attempts of being torn asunder and reveling in the eternal and multidimensionality of his radiant black nature.

Support for this exhibition provided in part by The William Penn Foundation


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