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Danielle Dean

Continental Private Road

Background Evening


Continental Private Road was Danielle Dean’s first solo exhibition in The Netherlands, and presented exciting new projects. It included collection of works offers context to Dean’s ever-expanding project, grounded in a critical interrogation of racial capitalism, by examining archival documentation of 1930s labor unrest at Fordlândia (Henry Ford’s failed utopia in the Brazilian rainforest, which attempted to integrate rubber production within the Ford Motor Company’s operations). A series of scaled-up archival letters, re-drawn and then printed as if they were commercial banners, expose the panoptic control attempted by Ford on both the Indigenous and migrant laborers at Fordlândia, as well as on the unruly tropical Amazonian landscape.

Accompanying each solo exhibition, 1646 asks the artist to develop the content for a Background Evening. The Background Evenings nurture a direct interaction between the audience and the artists in an event based on discussion and exchange.”


About Danielle Dean: Danielle Dean graduated as Master Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts and she is an alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include: True Red Ruin in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Bazar at 47 Canal in New York, Landed at Cubitt gallery in London and Focus: Danielle Dean at the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York). Her work has also been shown in group exhibitions such as: Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Anti, Athens Biennial (Greece), The Centre Cannot Hold, Lafayette Anticipation (Paris), Artist’s film international, The Whitechapel Gallery (London), From Concrete to liquid to spoken worlds to the word, Centre D’Art Contemporain Geneve (Switzerland), In Practice: Material Deviance at Sculpture Center (New York), Experimental People at High Line Art (New York), Lagos Live at the Goethe Institute Nigeria (Lagos) and Made in L.A. 2014 at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles).


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