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Past Presence, Commemorating Juneteenth
On view through June 25, 2022
Sulfur Studios
Savannah, Georgia

“Past Presence, Commemorating Juneteenth” features artists from across the country whose work takes into consideration their own personal history – present or past – as it relates to the Black experience in the United States. Working in a variety of media, these artists explore themes of ancestry, modern media narratives, vulnerability and resilience. “Past Presence” is a declaration of PRESENCE – of artists claiming space and demanding to be heard, artists sharing profound moments and eternal truths, artists daring to be artists in the United States of America in 2022 – 165 years after the enslaved in Texas were informed of their freedom.

This exhibition was juried by several esteemed artists, educators and curators from Savannah, Georgia: Amiri Farris, artist and educator; Antonia B. Larkin, artist, curator and Visual Arts Specialist at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center; Lisa Jackson, Education and Community Outreach Liaison at The Savannah African Art Museum; Billie Stultz, Founding Director and Head Curator at The Savannah African Art Museum.

[Image: Abiodun David, Davu, 2022. 16in x 20in. Photograph]