On view at Smack Mellon until Saturday, June 30
New Voices from the Global African Diaspora brings together the work of 10 contemporary artists: Firelei Báez, Layo Bright, Melissa Calderón, Baseera Khan, Stephanie A Lindquist, Jasmine Murrell, Anna Parisi, Keisha Scarville, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Saya Woolfalk. Each of these women artists exposes audiences to the varied, lived experiences of migration, and the wide range of themes surrounding it. Concerned with both the tangible and intangible matter that women carry, each artist positions women as the driving forces who carry memories, stories, emotions, traditions, artifacts, objects, culture, religion, science, and technology as they move through time and space. In an period when women make up half of those migrating, and their stories are often excluded from the narratives of migration, this exhibition puts women of African descent at the forefront, expanding the discourses of migration and the processes of identifying oneself and community in the context of social and cultural transit.
This exhibition is the first produced by AFRICA’SOUT! and marks a shift to an alternative fundraising approach with a month-long exhibition as opposed to a one night auction-fête. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale throughout the run of the exhibition will be donated to AFRICA’SOUT!, a registered 501c3 organization. All contributions will fund the organization's operating budget and public programming, thus fulfilling its mission to honor, support and defend artists who radically change the narrative around Africa and its Diaspora, first and foremost, for themselves.