Let There Be Darkness embraces darkness as a tactic of self-liberation from neocolonial conditions imposed on black Americans today. The body of work draws from Simone Bailey's investigations of the impulse to grasp the intangible, as well as her focus on perception, process, ephemerality, desire, violence, and the impossible. The exhibition bridges past and present as a proposition for the future by exploring ways in which existing black American culture can provide useful tools and messages to apply to today's concerns. Simone Bailey works with video, performance, sculpture, and photography to explore themes related to violence, agency, and the impulse to grasp the intangible.
Ebitenyefa Baralaye, Simone Bailey, Andrew Wilson and Summer Mason are MoAD’s 2017–2018 Emerging Artist Awardees. This iteration showcases Simon Bailey’s work in video, performance, sculpture and photography. Bailey’s work focuses on violence, agency and “the impulse to grasp the intangible.”