The Black Woman is God (BWIG) celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form – God, and challenges viewers to do the same. Artists bring history and culture alive by refocusing the audience on where humanity really began--the womb of the African woman through musical, performing, and visual artists.
The Black Woman is God is a multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition for audiences to recognize an alternative to Western cultural narratives that challenges Eurocentric notions of God. Through an examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics and psychology, The Black Woman is God challenges gaps and fragments in art history that position Black art as only ancient or contemporary, failing to honor the space in between.
First curated at the African American Arts and Cultural Complex in 2013, over 25 multi-media and musical artists presented works directly challenging mainstream constructions of the Black feminine. As a result, audience members and the public were invited into a public ritual that examined the psychosis of white male patriarchy.
In 2016, The Black Woman is God is planning for its largest evolution yet, entitled: “Reprogramming that God Code.” The exhibition at SOMArts brings together over 5 collectives representing scores of Black female artists from around the Bay Area. Launching at the POWER Conference held at the Oakland Museum in April 2016, featuring over 60 + local Bay Area Black female artists spanning the fields of visual art, short films, live music, dance performances, teaching curriculum, photography, multimedia installation, lecture and workshops.
In this exhibit, all are invited to reconsider deep-seated beliefs and participate in the exhibition that challenges the idea that valuing one demands devaluing another.
The Black Woman Is God: Reprogramming the God Code
Submissions by our Artists
List of Performing Artists
The Lyric Performers
Taiwo & Kehinde
Joan Tarika Lewis
Sista Nau T
Amara T. Smith
Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri
Queens D. Light