Sundown (Number Fifty), 2022, courtesy of the artist, Xaviera Simmons, and David Castillo Gallery with images from the AFRO American Newspapers Archives.

By Savannah Wood,
Special to the AFRO

Afro Charities recently celebrated the opening of Nectar, a new solo exhibition by New York based artist Xaviera Simmons in Paris, France. The exhibition consists of several newly commissioned photographic and video works made in response to the AFRO American Newspapers Archives. 

Nectar, which was produced in collaboration with the international arts organization KADIST, follows a similar model to AFRO Charities’ 2020 project, Close Read. In both instances, artists were invited to conduct research in the AFRO Archives, and to make new works inspired by their findings.

More than 200 people attended the opening at KADIST’s Paris location. Savannah Wood, the AFRO Charities’ executive director recently led a public tour of the show for a small group of visitors. The tour was recorded as an Instagram live video on KADIST’s page (@kadistkadist). The exhibition will run through July 24, with public programming to occur during the summer. 

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