Imaging Freedom: Reflections of Resistance and Joy
Curated by Rhea Beckett
December 15, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 15, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 14, 5pm
Daniel Brooking, James Brown, Jr. , Summer Brown, Abiodun Eniyandunni, T.H Gomillion, Alanzo Robles-Gordon, Francine Haskins, Esther Iverem, Magruder Murray, Russell Simmons, James Terrell, Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell
Imaging Freedom: Reflections of Resistance and Joy features the work of twelve D.C. artists that declare freedom through resistance, collective experience, and past reflection. Featuring 2D and 3D artwork, the exhibition affirms to viewers that in the midst of a culture and history seeped in resistance, joy remains sacred and tangible. Participating artists touch on notions relating to: ancestral reverence and the remembrance of those who have gone before us, the value of togetherness, symbols and representations of freedom and capturing the essence of a collective spirit through figurative work.
Curated by Rhea Beckett, the exhibition is in collaboration with Black Artists of DC (BADC). BADC began in 1999 to address the lack of communication and support between local Black artists. BADC has grown to include members, associates and supporters from every discipline; who at one time lived, were educated, or worked in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Black Artists of DC strives to create a Black artists’ community to promote, develop and validate the culture, artistic expressions and aspirations of past and present artists of Black-Afrikan ancestry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Image: James Brown, Jr. , Speak 2 Me, 2016