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2017 #METAseries: Afro-Luminosity
Exhibition open through May 14
Artist Talk: Afro-Luminosity & the Art of Black Miami, Sunday, April 30, 2-5 pm
In both the ancient and modern worlds, Africans have always had a unique way of expressing their creative genius in the visual and performing arts. As the first humans, the people of "Black Africa" have made indisputable, significant contributions to the development of humanity and the structural formulation of knowledge within the humanities. The atrocities of slavery, colonialism, and racism have diminished the confidence of many, but the genius of black culture underpins the enormous ability to survive the odds.
The tides are changing. The ancestral force of Afro-Luminosity is unstoppable. Contemporary Africana culture in dance, music, film and visual arts is driving a rebirth in the unique creativity of black people throughout the Diaspora. The contemporary visual art productions of Africans globally are rising in quality, value, and demand.
What is Afro-Luminosity?
Afro-Luminosity is an energy field that is generated by the cultural expression of African people, a kind of cultural, spiritual, and artistic expression that captures the soul and quintessence of black creative genius. My experience as a curator of Contemporary African Diaspora Art and Culture has taught me that many artists of Africa and African descendants have "Tumbao," an expression used by Afro-Puerto Ricans to refer an indescribable sexiness or swing.
In visual arts, this expression is exemplified by the work of David Hammons, Julie Mehretu, El Anatsui, Sam Gilliam, Wifredo Lam, Jean Michel Basquiat, Frank Bowling, Kerry James Marshall and Carrie Mae Weems. It is often manifested in the music and visual cultural expression of Africans in the Diaspora. It is the creative genius of black people globally. While difficult to capture in words, this unique exhibit will present visual ideas that highlight Afro-Luminosity in contemporary black visual creative culture.
This exhibition presents the work of seven artists from the African Diaspora whose work in many ways expresses some level of Afro-Luminosity:
Saddi Khali is an African-American photographer whose work focuses on black portraiture and the mesmerizing beauty of the black body.
Bayunga Kialeuka is a Brussels/Miami-based artist whose figurative and abstract expressionist works capture the magic and beauty of urban and inner city black social life.
Kandy Lopez is a South Florida-based Afro-Dominican artist known for her soulful, swag portraits documenting the "tumbao" of black people in the U.S. She received her MFA with a concentration in Painting from Florida Atlantic University and is an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University.
Indrias Getachew is an Ethiopian photographer whose work focuses on contemporary and ancient Ethiopian culture.
Doba Afolabi is a New York-based Nigerian artist. His figurative abstractions draw on themes from Yoruba and West African contemporary culture.
Glen Logan is a Miami-based artist from Trinidad. He attended Boston University and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Painting and Art History.
Dr. Michael Hudson is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Florida Memorial University. He also is a prolific painter, photographer, and video artist whose work is influenced by the mythological concept that art should act to awaken hidden truths in both the artist and the viewer.