Past Presence, Commemorating Juneteenth
On view through June 25, 2022
“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]