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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.
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sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.

“Why is it so difficult to refuse to refuse?”: sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu at PNCA

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The Nat Turner Project presented two-person show sidony o’neal + manuel arturo abreu at Portland’s PNCA Gallery which opened February 13 and ran to March 5, 2017.

sidony o’neal and manuel arturo abreu (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artists, The Nat Turner Project + PNCA, Portland.

The installation brought together text and other ephemera to explore the “ontological and political investment in claiming continuity between mainland and diaspora, between slavery and its afterlife” to tackle questions related to staying grounded between ‘healing’ and ‘assimilation,’ and  asking “why is it so difficult to refuse to refuse?”

The Nat Turner Project  defines itself as “an uncompromising radical space — filling a void in portland” and is dedicated to presenting work “borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture.”**