Manifest Destiny, curated by Ingrid LaFleur, examines the practical implementation of the cultural movement Afrofuturism to alter destinies within Detroit and beyond. Inspired by the 400 year anniversary of West African captives brought to the Jamestowne settlement in Virginia, Manifest Destiny honors the legacy of Black-bodied people to forge their own destiny regardless of circumstance.
Manifest Destiny brings together 12 artists that explore new modes of thinking, planning, and building for the Afrofuture. The exhibit includes film and sculpture by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, painting by Satch Hoyt, collage by Manzel Bowman, sculpture by Detroit native Jasmine Murrell, public art by Alisha Wormsley, and the virtual reality project NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism by Hyphen Labs. In addition to the exhibition, the programming includes a workshop series that excavates invisible histories of Black bodied self-determination. Manifest Destiny is accompanied by the traveling exhibit, Digitalia, and the billboard There Are Black People in the Future by Alisha Wormsley which is currently on display above Queens Bar in Downtown Detroit.
Manifest Destiny is organized by Library Street Collective and curated by Ingrid LaFleur. The project is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.