Curated by Alexis Dixon
March 9 - March 30, 2018
Opening Reception: March 9, 2018 6-9 pm
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
BLACKBIRD spotlights the work of four artists investigating the significant nuances of Black womanhood through installation, photography, and mixed-media. The exhibition opens at Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center (847 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21201) with a reception on March 9th, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm, and will remain on view from March 9th through March 30th, 2018.
BLACKBIRD invites Black women artists to claim artistic space in the midst of navigating a world that marks the existence of Black women as invisible. The participating artists implode the wall of invisibility by paying reverence to their lineage and highlighting the ways in which their ancestry manifests in their work and life. The work is a collective representation of the ways in which Black women seek their own versions of liberation through ancestral reverence, healing, and cultural and self-preservation, all the while weaving in notions of spirituality.
Through a series of studio-constructed photographs, Nakeya Brown honors the stories of her grandmother and countless other Black women who have worked in the industrial and domestic labor force. In honoring one’s ancestors, the preservation and passing down of their practices and culture inevitably follows. Phylicia Ghee explores and preserves the tradition of quilting, an art that has been passed down in her family for generations. And while connection to ancestry is important, trauma that is passed down through familial ties and inherited by subsequent generations of Black women must be acknowledged. Taking autonomy of her healing and coupling it with her artistic practice, Katelyn Brown uses needle and thread to symbolically mend past and present traumas. Asha Elana Casey details gures of African descent in large scale paintings and explores how heal- ing situates itself in the realm of spirituality.
BLACKBIRD is curated by Alexis Dixon, an MFA candidate in the Curatorial Practice MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).
Day of Self-Care with Phylicia Ghee & The Black Pearl Project - April 29, 2018
Participating artist Phylicia Ghee will facilitate a private day of self-care merged with creative practice.