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.
Major support for You Walk… is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.