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Decades Of Black Life As Art

by Black America Web


Black History Month is heavily celebrated over on this side of the Internet, and we always strive to show our culture from all aspects; Black art is especially a focus that we hope to reflect here at REACH Media.

That’s why it was more than an honor to be invited by The Africa Center in Harlem recently to experience a new exhibit that not only ushers in a new era of Black creativity into the venue but also showcases many voices at once from artists that represent Black life spanning over the past three decades.

States Of Becoming, the venue’s latest exhibit running since October 2022 and now extended to April 2, is a diverse view at our culture from the eyes of 17 contemporary African artists with their own American stories to tell.


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More on this dynamic art experience happening in Harlem for the next few weeks below, via the official press release:

“The concept for States of Becoming evolved from curator Fitsum Shebeshe’s lived experience following his 2016 move from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Baltimore, Maryland and his subsequent firsthand knowledge of the weight of cultural assimilation. Confronted with a different society, Shebeshe encountered a wide range of existential questions that shaped his relationship to institutions and culture. Shebeshe also had the realization for the first time that he was viewed as belonging to a minority because of the color of his skin, and a newfound awareness of the profound impact Ethiopia’s traditional and conservative culture had on his personal sense of individuality.

Having found kinship among cultural practitioners from the African Diaspora who shared his experience, Shebeshe has united 17 artists with ‘States of Becoming’ who either came to the United States over the past thirty years or who are first – generation born. The artists represented in ‘States of Becoming’ relocated from…

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