Artists Reception for #SayHerName Watch Us Werk
Thursday March 29, 2018 - 6-8pm
Lesley University, University Hall, VanDernoot Gallery, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
I am deliberate and afraid of nothing - Audre Lorde
The College of Art and Design presents #SayHerName: Watch Us Werk in the VanDernoot gallery from March 20 to April 21, 2018.
Curated by Dell M. Hamilton, the exhibition explores how art can act in creating a more just society.
Angela Counts, playwright and multimedia artist (video)
Ifé Franklin, mixed-media artist and performer (set of gourds)
L’Merchie Frazier, mixed-media artist (2-D mixed media)
Elisa Hamilton, multi-media artist (a grid of small drawings)
Ekua Holmes, mixed media artist (sculpture)
Tomashi Jackson, multi-media artist (video)
Felicia Megginson, photographer (set of three Polaroids)
U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, poet and performer (performance only)
Destiny Palmer, mixed-media artist (mixed-media sculpture)
Chanel Thervil, mixed-media artist (mixed-media 2-D wood sculpture)
Alexandria Smith, mixed-media (collage on wall)
Whether following in the footsteps of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, remixing the aesthetics of black girlhood, invoking the symbolic capacities of the color blue as signifier of the West African orisha, Yemaya, or using participatory installations to engage audiences, each of these artists are driven by one vision: a deep desire to use art in service of creating a more just society. Their rigorous practices interrogate how the construct of race informs their conceptions of selfhood, personal memory, gender, queerness, and global history. As such this exhibition places their work into conversation and context in an effort to rewrite and transcend the rules of how artistic production operates in the public realm.
By their very existence as artists who are educators, mothers, lovers, sisters, colleagues, aunts, peers, friends, wives, daughters, and partners, they animate both the written and oral traditions of both American and trans-nationalist black womanist frameworks. Both in explicit and nuanced ways they are giving voice to the lives, labor and sacrifice of black women both known and un-named. As they contend with the relationship between past and present, they are insistent, committed, and unapologetic in their search for a future that cares about who they are and how they envision the world.
image: Chanel Thervil | "Dignity: The Image of My Immigrant Grandmother to Remember"
thumbnail image: U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo