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We are powerful, innovative, and transcendent. Black bruja, Black mermaid, Black orisha, Black priestess. Black alchemist. Black apothecary. Black healer. Let us exchange and share our wisdom & resources.

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 2018

Closing Ritual: Sunday, September 2, 2018
Closing

RITUAL OBJECTS

VIRAGO GALLERY
4306 SW Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98116

Artist Statement: RITUAL OBJECTS

RITUAL OBJECTS explores the relationship between the sacred and the profane-- what is the value of black joy in a world that increasingly commodifies blackness while refusing to acknowledge the complete humanity of black people?

Like my other conceptual art projects that involve community building, RITUAL OBJECTS is fully interactive and has come into manifestation with the support and invaluable contributions of black people who continue to show up in the world in a way that reasserts we are more than our trauma.

 

Black Joy is sacred. The practice of calling for, seeking out, and amplifying the often fleeting moments when we feel truly free and unbothered has had a profound resonance through my work. I have spent the better part of a year genuflecting to our collective grace. For me, this meant countless hours spent listening to our stories and making spaces that would center and honor our healing and our undeniable holiness. It is my hope that this work will continue to connect us to a deeper and more universal and interdependent Truth.

THE (g)LISTENING

A series of experimental dialogues centering Black bodies, Black minds, and Black expression. 

 

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Closing Ritual: Saturday, May 12, 2018

FEAST ARTS CENTER
1402 S 11th St, Tacoma, WA 98405

Meet the docent, Ayanna Hobson

THE STATES OF MATTER

In this metaverse we are living conduits to joy, health, memory, and truth. Intersectional AF—we're this also. 

 

With support from the Seattle People of Color Salon (SPoCS), the City of Seattle's Office of Art and Culture, and 4Culture's Tech Specific grant, we began with only 3 Prompts and held your responses within the context of art.

Opening Reception: January 4, 2018
Closing Ritual: January 27, 2018

This project was funded in part by the following:

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

CORE GALLERY | BY APPOINTMENT
117 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104

 

Past Exhibitions

 
 
 

States of Matter - Curators

Natasha Marin
Natasha Marin

Co-Curator

Amber Flame
Amber Flame

Co-Curator

Imani Sims
Imani Sims

Co-Curator

Natasha Marin
Natasha Marin

Co-Curator

AMBER FLAME

Imagines the harmonic between incarcerated women who might ride or die for their damn selves by witnessing their own stories. Everyday she does impossible things and secretly wishes to channel Beyonce.

NATASHA MARIN

Imagines real and digital platforms as spaces for Genuine Encounters. Her medium is people. Everyday she does impossible things and secretly wishes to be sent back to Africa.

RACHAEL FERGUSON

Imagines bottling the black joy that exists beyond the 9 to 5. Cheek-jaw-tummy-pain from laughter. Freedom that feels like a microphone. Everyday she does impossible things and secretly wishes for footie pajamas on casual Fridays.

IMANI SIMS

Imagines the Black Upside-Down, where dozens spill out like handfuls of salt dipped in shade and pan-dimensional spirits hover in memories calling themselves ancestors. She has many secrets, being black, blackety, black black, is not one of them.

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