Jean Michel Dissake: Cameroun: L'Élan Vital | The Scrap Exchange | Arts | Indy Week
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Jean Michel Dissake: Cameroun: L'Élan Vital 

When: March 17-April 15, 6-9 p.m. 2017
Price: Free

Cultural politics are tricky in the arts. Organizing exhibits in the U.S., it's hard not to slip into the white manifest destiny that claimed the width of the continent from native peoples. To address this, the arts have begun to acknowledge the country's continuing colonial history under the banner of "Decolonize This Place," extending that address past physical spaces and into organizations—and even the imagination. The Scrap Exchange offers a fascinating opportunity to consider decolonization with a show by Cameroonian artist Jean Michel Dissake, who works in a medium that ignores the points of differentiation between painting and sculpture. Local artist Anne Gregory met Dissake in 2015 while working on a multimedia project with young women orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Because he uses found objects and materials throughout his work, she thought he would be a perfect match for ScrapEx's creative reuse mission. After this opening reception, Dissake, whose work looks simultaneously contemporary and ancient, shows through April 15 and creates a site-specific sculpture during a brief residency here. —Chris Vitiello



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