If improvisation could serve as a manual, if gesture could serve as a guide

Jayce Clayton, Sonia Louise Davis, Prince Grace, Shala Miller, Jota Mombaça


Thursday 26 May 2022
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Artists Space NYC (Map)

Curators: Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Thiago de Paula Souza

Vleeshal's Nomadic Curators Nomaduma Rosa Masilela and Thiago de Paula Souza hosted their first international event at Artists Space in New York City.

If Improvisation could serve as a manual, if gesture could serve as a guide comprised an evening of performance and conversation and served as the inaugural session of Nomaduma and Thiago's nomadic program. The evening was hosted in conversation with arts organization Artists Space and artists Jayce Clayton, Sonia Louise Davis, Prince Grace, and Shala Miller, with a listening session of work by Jota Mombaça.

Read more about the artists on the website of Artists Space.


In 2015 Vleeshal kicked of its Nomadic Program, as an extension of its existing exhibition program in Middelburg. In its Nomadic Program Vleeshal goes on tour, organising exhibitions and other events in collaboration with venues in the Netherlands and abroad, such as Art Rotterdam, Amsterdam Art Weekend, the Spring Performance Festival, WIELS Art Book Fair, Brussels and Poppositions, Brussels.

How do we learn to love each other while we are embattled on so many fronts? is a series developed by Vleeshal's nomadic curators Nomaduma Rosa Masilela and Thiago de Paula Souza.

The title for this series is borrowed from Audre Lorde, writer and activist, who penned this question in 1984 in a journal entry written while she was living in Berlin, during which time she asked a litany of incisive existential questions about finding meaning in the face of uncertainty, despair, and psychic and physical vulnerability. Nomaduma and Thiago articulate their nomadic program of 2022-2023 around this question. The devotion of Audre Lorde to create international feminist political networks of camaraderie reflects the core concerns of their program. Nomaduma and Thiago similarly ask questions of how does one teach or share, how does one survive, how does one empower others, how does one fight, how does one repair, how does one nourish, as the core foundations of their collaborative curatorial practice.