Adrian Walker’s new body of work explores Black American beauty traditions among Black men. The intimacy that Walker depicts in each photograph erases the possibility of threat often assigned to black men, and instead pushes the viewer to see the power of kinship within the Black community. We Matter, is a visual and sonic experience in which Walker seeks to expand notions of blackness by challenging the American socialization of black men.
At an early age, Oakland mixed media artist Keith Magruder developed a strong connection to food by helping his mother and grandmother bake cakes, pies, and bread in the kitchen. He was able to experience the joys and happiness their baked goods brought to people. In this work, Magruder uses nostalgia as the linchpin between the then and. now through his paperwork and sculptors.
A NIGHT IN THE WORLD OF BAD GIRL , GOOD HUMAN.
This exhibition was an invitation into the world and infectious mind of Los Angles based BGGH Founder, Orixa Jones. Bad Girl, Good Human. was birthed in March 2017 , yet hadn’t been exposed to world until December 2017. With no expectations or blueprint, Orixa to followed her intuition into her calling. BGGH is a way of life. The platform encourages women to live outside the box, speak their truth, and embrace their duality. O is just here to spark the conversation + shift the culture.
son. A STUDY OF SELF
In 2017, Justen LeRoy launched son., A platform that focuses on the multidimensionality of black male identity through discussion, events, multimedia content and the dissemination of vital information to our growing community. This exhibition was a curated collection of archival imagery from the the platforms collection since. its inception. LeRoy says, son,'s intention is to transform how these bodies view themselves, how they view women, and how they view the structures and systems that operate around them. Through dynamic content and the dissemination of vital information on developments in music, film, art, culture and activism, SON. aims to inspire creative leadership and contribute to a cultural shift that reframes, re-energizes, and reimagines the black male body.
Los Angeles based photographer Rikkí Wright presents SIS., a photo series exploring black sisterhood. The series, four years in the making, analyzes the unique sibling relationship and how it affects the development of personal agency. The images, featuring real life sisters, investigate sisterhood in its glory and complexity: it’s experiences of compassion and competition, of love and jealousy, and of indescribable joy.