“All Languages Welcomed HERE” is Dell M. Hamilton's first solo exhibition and encompasses a panel discussion on the relationship between trauma, art and resilience, an artist talk entitled “The Body, The Visual”, along with the debut of a mixed-media series, called “Punta: Pregunta”.
Amongst the Garifuna people, Punta refers to a contemporary dance originated within the rich traditions of this West African and Amerindian Central American & Caribbean community. While “Pregunta” in Spanish translates in English to the word “question.” Through the use of materials such as paint, thread, textile, tape, found paper, and the use of the body as both gesture and process, this work explores the entangled connections between personal obsession and familial history. With references to a wide-range of source materials including Gray’s Anatomy, weather forecasts as well as geographical maps, Punta: Pregunta delves into the question of what to do with the afterlives of trauma both experienced and imagined.
Dell Marie Hamilton is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and independent curator whose projects include artist talks, solo performances and collaborative work which has been presented to a wide variety of audiences in New York at Five Myles Gallery, Panoply Performance Lab, and MOCADA, as well as in the New England area at Hubweek, MIT, Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Mount Holyoke College, the Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, the ICA/Boston, and the RISD Art Museum. Working across performance, video, installation, painting, and photography, she uses the body to investigate the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, history, and citizenship.
Her scholarly presentations have been delivered at conferences such as Black Portraitures: The Black Body in the West in 2013 in Paris at the Musée Quai Branly, and at Black Portraitures II: Imaging the Black Body and Restaging Histories held in 2015 at New York University’s Villa La Pietra in Florence. With roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean she has also frequently performed with her mentor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons at the Peabody Essex Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Dell has also written for publications such as Transition published by Indiana University Press and online art magazine, bigredandshiny.com.
She has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern University and received a merit scholarship to obtain her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2012. A self-professed political junkie, she also served as a member of current Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s arts and culture campaign team in 2013. Her most recent curatorial project includes “Nine Moments for Now” currently at the Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art at Harvard University. To explore her work, visit www.dellmhamilton.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @dellmhamilton
Gallery talk: January 16 at 2 pm
Reception: January 16, 6-8 pm
Performance: This Is All We Have- January 23, 7 pm
Ellison Campus Center, North Campus
1 Meier Drive, Salem, MA 01970
Karen A Gahagan