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Let Them Roam Freely

March 5 – May 15, 2022 at NXTHVN

Darryl DeAngelo Terrell, 279°W 42°21’39″ N 83°2’20″ W Detroit, MI, 2020. Digital photography, 24″ x 36″.

Let Them Roam Freely is a two-person exhibition presenting newly commissioned projects and recent work by Hong Hong and Darryl DeAngelo Terrell that focus on the creation of portals through physical movement. A portal is a bridge, a gateway, a tunnel to a different time and space. Hong’s and Terrell’s respective practices evoke gateways linked to personal, communal, and cultural histories. They use performance-based methods to embody and document their passage, resulting in large-scale work on paper for Hong and photography and sound for Terrell.


This exhibition centers on restorative and joyful practices rooted within the discovery and creation of thresholds to alternate worlds. The artists look towards portals as gateways, vessels, or entries (seen or unseen) to escape from or emerge into different realities. This exhibition initiates a visual conversation between Hong and Terrell that aims to restore new possibilities for the body’s position within conflicted systems of labor, globalization, and migration that have shaped the contemporary experience of time and space.


Curated by NXTHVN Curatorial Fellows Marissa Del Toro & Jamillah Hinson.


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