An inclusive space that has dedicated itself to the advancement of socio-political conversations among emerging art practitioners, Monique Meloche Gallery displayed works by artists like David Antonio Cruz, Candida Alvarez, Maia Cruz Palileo, and Ebony G. Patterson, with their works delving into similar themes of diaspora, migration, and history of colonialism.
Ebony G. Patterson has used the metaphor of a peacock, its body transforming into a complex garden, manifesting as colonial Caribbean lands under British rule. The artist has touched upon the themes of diaspora, royalty, beauty, and the colonial past. The artist used conch shells to symbolize the burial rituals, where slaves placed the shells on the body of the dead during the memorial, emphasizing the materiality of objects and their cultural connotations. Meanwhile, Palileo’s figurative paintings encompass the oral histories of migration and displacement.