Perseverance, Pride, Power: Alun Be’s Empowering Women Series
April 9, 2021 – February 13, 2022
Heroines and protagonists. Originally created for the United Nations in 2015, Be’s Empowering Women series highlights the strength and tenacity of women in Senegal through personal stories of perseverance, pride, and power. Each woman chose how to present herself and shared her experiences, often overcoming great obstacles as she pursued dreams in a male-dominated world with little recognition and despite all odds. Their detailed stories provide a history from the ground up—from the perspective and reality of daily life.
Mikael Owunna: Be Chukwu (Divine Realm of the Creator)
February 6, 2021
Photo Mural Project
“According to the Igbo wisdom tradition, our Chi (or Highest Self) resides in Be Chukwu, the Divine Realm of the Creator. Dreaming in perfect harmony with the Creator, our Chi’s “super-deep-sleep” gives rise to temporal experience as we know it. Our lives are these dreams, and when we die, our Chi awakes again in Be Chukwu.”
Kennedi Carter: Flexing / New Realm
March 6, 2020 – August 8, 2021
Independent Weekly Gallery
The verb “to flex” essentially has one of two meanings. It can mean to show off, to gloat, or to boast, which is the most popular definition of the word; however, it can also mean to put on a fake front, to fake it, or force it. The second definition is usually used in conjunction with the first — as in, someone who’s gloating about something that they’ve really got no right to gloat about, lying about an accomplishment, or exaggerating the truth.
Shaun Richards: Rhetoric
February 6, 2021
New Media Gallery
“For the last decade, my work has broadly focused on community or external incentives, as well as socio-economic and political matters. I’ve described it as a focus on our complicity and responsibility for the world in which we live – particularly those institutions, and paradigms that define contemporary western society.” -Shaun Richards.
Taylor White: Laocoön and the Algorithm, 2020.
September 4, 2020 – August 8, 2021
Street Gallery Mural Project
“The mural interprets the Greek sculpture of Laocoön, notable because of its visceral depiction of human agony with no apparent power or reward. In Virgil’s Aeneid, Laocoön was a priest of Poseidon who attempted to expose the ruse of the Trojan horse by striking it with a spear. Metaphorically, of course, the phrase “Trojan horse” has come to mean any trick or stratagem that causes a target to willingly and unknowingly invite a foe into a protected place.
Today, we live in a world where every move we make online is tracked. Using a barrage of loud and audacious images disguised as entertainment, we cavalierly accept the terms and conditions more and more of our psychological and emotional freedom in exchange for the illusion of safety and purpose.”