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Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves

Opening March 20, 2021

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves presents a prologue to The Florxal Review—a spacious investigative work of postcolonial ethnobotanical literary criticism—in exhibition form. Emerging on this hemisphere’s Vernal Equinox, the exhibition centers the marginalia and material traces of ongoing research. Greaves is inspired by language, machine aesthetics, documentation, systems analysis, radical education, investigative performance art, and Blackness. Through being and study, Greaves seeks to comprehend as the natural world does. She builds a way that generates entities exposed and engaged so that they may change. As our shared winter persists, Greaves reflects on past lessons, present concerns, and future visions asking: What becomes possible when we begin to center and attempt responses to the slow and silent, active and occluded, voices and spirits of the plant life we live alongside? How might what emerges on the page, in our minds, from our mouths, and out of our hearts parallel what we already know? How might we be surprised? In the futures that follow, what might verdancy feel like to all of Earth’s beings, and to all of cosmos’s material and immaterial bodies, when so-called weeds are on the mantle as well as in the crevices?

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (New York City, b. 1980) writes ethnobotanical literary criticism, collages detritus into heraldic devices and has begun working with video in response to a Spring 2020 commission from Issue Project Room for their Isolated Field Recording Series. Her pamphlet Of Forests and of Farms: On Faculty and Failure was recently published by Ugly Duckling Presse, and her chapbook Close Reading as Forestry is published by Belladonna*. Greaves performs frequently across a broad spectrum of venues and has been published in The Brooklyn Rail and Letters to the Future: Black Women / Radical Writing(Kore Press). Formerly a Monday Night Reading Series curator at The Poetry Project, Site Director for Wendy’s Subway reading room, and an artist-in-residence at Rauschenberg Residency, Greaves is currently based in New York City where she is Young Mother of The Florxal Review.

Support is provided by Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Danielson Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Arison Arts Foundation, The Chicago Community Fund, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.