Daniel Minter and Eneida Sanches: through this to that

Center for Maine Contemporary Art | October 1, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Artists Daniel Minter and Eneida Sanches take visitors on a sequential journey through video projections, paintings, sculpture, assemblage, large-scale environments and interactive elements. Minter and Sanches have shared cultural histories as citizens of the African Diaspora in the United States and Brazil (respectively), and collaboratively focus on two interrelated axes — Transportation and Transmission.

Transportation serves as a metaphor for the displacement of people and concepts over place and time, with the exhibition featuring artworks referencing ships, railways, and footsteps – mechanisms of movement that convey both involuntary and voluntary histories.

Transmission is an unpacking of the ways in which ‘place’ has impacted lived experiences by people of the African Diaspora. The work of Minter and Sanches meet at a crossroad where symbolic language, images, and metaphors converge, adapt and expand. The two artists work from a dense collection of memories that come together to reveal what is extraordinary. Shared cultural histories are embodied even across geographic distances. Transmission moves between the human and non-human worlds to include communication with plants, rocks and natural elements.

This exhibition was made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by the generous support of CMCA donors and members. Direct support to the artists during the creation of their works for the exhibition was provided by Indigo Arts Alliance. Educational programming is made possible through the support and expertise of Indigo Arts Alliance in collaboration with CMCA.

The exhibition is organized by CMCA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson, in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance’s Executive Director and Curator, Marcia Minter, in collaboration with the artists.

A special thank you to Annie Bailey, Hannah Berta, Emily Fitzpatrick, Isabel Gimlewicz, Luke Myers, Seth Richardson, and Vincente Weber for their installation expertise in making this exhibition possible.

Artist Talk

through this to that, Artist Talk

Artists Talk with Eneida Sanches and Daniel Minter, moderated by Henry Drewall. Hosted by Indigo Arts Alliance and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine, October 2022.

through this to that, Artist Talk

Renowned artists Daniel Minter and Eneida Sanches in conversation about their exhibition, through this to that, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine. Moderated by esteemed scholar Henry John Drewal, cited as one of the most important experts on the African Diaspora. The dialogue between Minter and Sanches, who have been observing each other’s practice in admiration for almost three decades, drew on their unique connections despite vast geographic distance. Minter was born in the American Southeast while Sanches was born in the Northeast of Brazil. The artists spoke about their respective sources of creativity, as well as the deep love and respect of indigenous African spirituality and culture embedded in their works. 

Photography courtesy of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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