News and Events

Apr 07

Selections + Selectors 003 : N’kisi Concorde
Tuesday, April 7th -- Doors 6:30PM, Screening 7:30PM; Tickets $15

ADC is thrilled to partner with prō jekt′ : nyc and Colab Projects for the series, Selections + Selectors, held monthly in the Wythe Hotel’s private screening room. Each month, host J.L. Sirisuk will moderate an evening of powerful film content that will include screenings followed by conversations with subject matter loosely related to the content of each film. Nights will conclude with vinyl only DJ sets by some of the city’s best DJs.

This month, we have invited our friends from PLAYGROUND DETROIT to guest host the evening with a screening of the film N’kisi Concorde. It will also kickoff the beginning of a 4 month residency of Selections + Selectors in Detroit that will start on April 23!

After the screening of N’kisi ConcordeS+S host J.L. Sirisuk and PLAYGROUND DETROIT will engage a short conversation “Art In the Public Space: What Does It Mean To You?”.  The panel for the evening will include Rebecca Hoffman (Andrew Edlin Gallery, Outsider Art Fair) and Lisa Shimamura (Colab Projects) among others.

The evening will close out with an all vinyl set by Detroit native William’s 99¢ Dreams.

Doors/Cocktails at 6:30pm

Screening will begin promptly at 7:30pm

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Film Synopsis:

N’kisi Concorde, a documentary feature, investigates the lives and work of two Detroit-area outsider artists and visual storytellers, Olayami Dabls and Dmytro Szylak, whose extraordinary installations reflect the power of the imagination unbound by artistic conventions or popular tastes.

African-American artist Dabls creates large-scale, pointedly narrative works from natural materials, reflecting meaningful elements of African material culture and commenting on the collision between African and European cultures.

Ukrainian émigré Szylak’s installation combines hand-carved and assembled mechanical toys, aircraft, and human figures with found objects. The resulting artistic array is at once deeply whimsical and imbued with history and memory, beginning with Szylak’s formative experiences in World War II era, German-occupied Ukraine.

Though unrelated by work or acquaintance, these artists are united by the power of their singular visions to stimulate lively public engagement and to color the cultural landscapes of their communities.