From Modupeola Fadugba’s Exhibition, ‘Dreams from the Deep End’

The much awaited Modupeola Fadugba’s ‘Dreams from the Deep End’ curated by Katherine Finerty opened at Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana on the 25th of August and will run through 31 October 2018. Created during the artist’s residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York, the works on exhibition explore the social history of communal swimming pools using as her case study the Harlem Honeys and Bears, an all-black synchronized swimming team of senior citizens breaking the stereotypes of African Americans and swimming, and offering free swimming lessons to local children.

For those of us who are unable to visit Gallery 1957 in Accra at this time, here are images from the exhibition.

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I really enjoy the exhibition Dreams from the Deep End by Modupeola Fadugba, ARTIST from Nigeria #Repost @gallery1957 with @get_repost ・・・ Created during @modupeola.fadugba's residency at @iscp_nyc , Dreams from the Deep End highlights the experiences of The Harlem Honeys and Bears – a synchronised swimming team of senior citizens who perform sensational water acrobatics and offer free swim lessons to local children. Through paintings, multimedia documentation, and research, including Jeff Wiltse’s Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools, Fadugba examines socio-political histories of public swimming pools in relation to race politics in America, representing the trials and triumphs of this community. Dreams from the Deep End is curated by @katherinefinerty. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #modupeolafadugba #gallery1957 #synchronizedswimming #harlemhoneysandbears #parksandrec #dreamsfromthedeepend #contestedwaters

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#Repost @gallery1957 with @get_repost ・・・ Created during @modupeola.fadugba's residency at @iscp_nyc , Dreams from the Deep End highlights the experiences of The Harlem Honeys and Bears – a synchronised swimming team of senior citizens who perform sensational water acrobatics and offer free swim lessons to local children. Through paintings, multimedia documentation, and research, including Jeff Wiltse’s Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools, Fadugba examines socio-political histories of public swimming pools in relation to race politics in America, representing the trials and triumphs of this community. Dreams from the Deep End is curated by @katherinefinerty. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #modupeolafadugba #gallery1957 #synchronizedswimming #harlemhoneysandbears #parksandrec #dreamsfromthedeepend #contestedwaters

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Gallery 1957 | Modupeola Fadugba | Dreams from the Deep End⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Don't miss the exhibition of the summer! @Modupeola.Fadugba's solo exhibition Dreams from the Deep End curated by @katherinefinerty opens this Saturday from 6pm-1030pm at @gallery1957 Gallery 2⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Created during @modupeola.fadugba's residency at @iscp_nyc , Dreams from the Deep End highlights the experiences of The Harlem Honeys and Bears – a synchronised swimming team of senior citizens who perform sensational water acrobatics and offer free swim lessons to local children. Through paintings, multimedia documentation, and research, Fadugba examines socio-political histories of public swimming pools in relation to race politics in America, representing the trials and triumphs of this community.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The series will be on display until the 31st of October!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #modupeolafadugba #gallery1957 #synchronizedswimming #harlemhoneysandbears #parksandrec #dreamsfromthedeepend #contestedwaters #summer #dontmissout #eventofthesummer

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Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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