This exhibit placed a critical eye on global perceptions of Blackness in the twenty-first century. As expansive definitions of Blackness proliferate and influence international cultural production, they no longer conjure up simple visual connotations of Africa, the corporeal primitive or the exotic. Like a mathematical equation the continent becomes the part by which one’s identity and experiences begin to add or take away from the perceptions and stereotypes of what cultural Blackness is, or is not.
Githinji Omiiroo is an artist originally from Kenya, now residing in Oakland. He has had exhibitions at Baadayees in August of 2012, Artistic Affinity (the moons chamber) in July of 2012, Black Furutistic Installation in June of 2012, and Queens & Kings in May of 2012.
Carolyn Jean Martin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she received an MFA in painting and an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art. Her practice combines installation art, sculpture, and painting to create work that examines and challenges narratives of ‘Americanness’ and contemporary culture in the United States.
Opesanwo Ifakorede attended San Francisco Art Institute where he received his BFA in Sculpting. The materials he uses function like an alphabet that develop words, keeping him in continual dialog with space. He charcoals the wood, pulling out an ingrained language pairing each element with a specialized nuance. He’s had exhibitions at the Coral Festival Performance with group “Black Song and Poetry” at Elmina slave dungeons in Ghana, West Africa in February of 2003, and the United States at Guangzhou Wenying Art Highland Museum in Guangzhou, China in September of 2013.
The exhibit ran through February and March of 2014 and the artist reception was held on Feb. 21st, at 7PM.
Pieces by Carolyn Jean Martin, Githinji Omiiroo and Opesanwo Ifakorede.