Black to the Future
Radical means many things to me. It can mean new, it can mean innovative, but it also means moving away from what is the norm. It is a radical idea that we could look at mothers as doing radical work.
In 2010, Amoke Kubat founded Yo Mama’s House, a cooperative for women who are artists, mothers, activists, and healers that emphasizes the Mother Wit rooted in the culture and lived experience within the rich multicultural community of North Minneapolis. With this project, Amoke expands her creative practice, curating an experience of another dimension of Black History Month in the Target Studio. Working in concert with North Minneapolis creatives, Amoke will guide your journey through the daily Northside black experience, cultural traditions, contributions, legacies secured in family histories, heirlooms, and art. Come to experience the Northside’s own vision for Afrofuturism: the reimagining of a future seen through the lens of the African diaspora.
This spring, Amoke will work in concert with Northside creatives to create Black to the Future: Yo Mama’s Northside Black History Month Pop-Up Museum, which will be on view from February 8 – April 2, 2020. The exhibition will guide visitors through the daily Northside Black experience. This Black History Month, we invite you to come experience the Northside’s own Afrofuturism: the reimagining of a future through the lens of the African diaspora.
Read an interview with Amoke about the inspirations and motivations behind her work by clicking here >>
In addition to the exhibition, Kubat will host a staged reading of ANGRY BLACK WOMAN and Well-Intentioned White Girl on the afternoon of Saturday, February 15. She will also host two film screenings featuring the works of Northside artists on the evenings of February 26 and March 11, which you can learn more about here >>
Amoke is an artist, weaver, sacred doll maker, and occasional stand-up comedian. She uses her art to speak truth to power and to maintain a position of wellness in an America sick with inequalities and inequities. Her writing includes the conversation play Angry Black Woman and Well Intentioned White Girl and Paradise: No People Allowed, a creation story told from a nonhuman perspective. She is a 2019–20 Pillsbury House Naked Stages fellow and is thrilled to start working on her second play, Old Good Kit Kat.
In November 2019, Amoke created a temporarily installation of Yo Mama’s House in the museum. Learn more about that project here >>
Amoke Kubat’s residency is supported by the Stardust Art Fund.