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Shaun Leonardo You walk…


  • Archive Exhibitions, Exhibition

  • On view May 29, 2021 – June 26, 2023

You walk… is an interactive installation by Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist Shaun Leonardo. Translating his performance practice into a participatory installation, Leonardo offers a series of visual and textual prompts — drawing from themes present in exhibitions on view throughout the museum — to invite us to consider how we process and embody space, ideas, and connectivity.

Using visual elements like two-way mirrors and mock windowscapes, Leonardo creates a space that both reflects a shared physical present but also alludes to the differences that shape our individual perspectives. Text prompts throughout the space encourage visitors to relive memories of simple movements and gestures – walking down the street, averting your gaze from a stranger, holding someone’s hand. These reflections draw awareness to experiences that can’t be articulated as much as felt. By unlocking these physical narratives, Leonardo offers an opportunity to reflect on the ways we perceive ourselves and engage with others.

Shaun Leonardo’s You walk… is the inaugural exhibition in MASS MoCA’s newly established community engagement space. Located within the Hunter Mezzanine, the project space was established with two-year funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and will serve as a convening area for individual visitors, groups, staff, and artists.

Download a pdf gallery guide for Shaun Leonardo: You walk… here.