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The Black woman is god

Reprogramming the god code

 

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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.
Karen Seneferu

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 60 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, California.

This exhibit's theme represents the various African spirits that desire the community to send signals to to the community to claim who they are as a higher being, which is God. The exhibit is about experiencing the the community on a higher plane, transforming into multiple representations to make visible Black art, culture and spirituality.

In this assembly, Black women artists recount the varying African narratives of them as divine beings, informing the present of what appeared lost to the past. This reclaiming of the self in public becomes a revelatory space for everyone to know the contributions Black women artists have made not only to the art world but to cultures everywhere.

Co-curators Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green envision The Black Woman is God not only as an exhibition, but as a movement-building platform that explores the intersections of race and gender, dismantling racist and patriarchal notions that devalue Black women’s contributions to society. Now, in its third iteration at SOMArts, The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods reveals a community of  Black women artists that pay homage to their complex creative practices that have influenced the world but is overlooked because of their race, class, and gender.

Activated by live performances and a community cypher at the opening reception. The Black Woman is God subverts our notions of God as a spiritual and revolutionary act.

Opening begins with a public reception on Thursday, August 30, 6pm to 9pm.

The Black Woman Is God: The Assembly of the Gods

 
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Submissions by our Artists

Cynthia Branvall 

Cynthia Branvall 

Ewunike Hanson

Ewunike Hanson

Turfer Girl

Turfer Girl

Val Kai

Val Kai

Nicole Dixon

Nicole Dixon

Idris Hassan

Idris Hassan

Monica Hastings Smith

Monica Hastings Smith

Melonie Green

Melonie Green

Marissa Arterberry

Marissa Arterberry

 

Latisha Baker
JaeMe Bereal    
Brianni Blue
Camille Brown
Tracy Brown
Sydney Cain
Jada Carter
April Martin Chartrand
Lauren Cheung  
Charmaine Davis
Anna W. Edwards
Dania Frink
Maya Grant-Richardson 




  

List of Performing Artists

Linda Johnson
Phavia  Kujichagulia
Taiwo Kujichagulia
Kehinde  Kujichagulia
The Lyric Performers
Jasmine Haynes
Traci Bartlow
Zakiya Harris
Taiwo & Kehinde
YBB Shereos
Colette Eloi
Destiny Muhammad
Joan Tarika Lewis
Regina Evans
Ryan Austin
Sista Nau T
Monica Hasting-Smith
Amara T. Smith
Coco Peila
Melina Jones
Dom Jones
Mel Yel
Bri Blue
Valerie Trout
Osunfemi Wanbi Njeri
Frida Precariat
Queens D. Light

 

Shylah Pacheco Hamilton

Shylah Pacheco Hamilton

Amana Stone

Amana Stone

Alise Eastgate

Alise Eastgate

Virginia Jourdan

Virginia Jourdan

Amara Tabor-Smith

Amara Tabor-Smith

Fan Lee Warren

Fan Lee Warren

Candice Antique  Davis

Candice Antique Davis

Kathleen McDonald

Kathleen McDonald

Rosalyn Parhams

Rosalyn Parhams

Yasmin Sayyed

Yasmin Sayyed

ARTISTS NOT PICTURED

 

Brittany Gipson
Jasmine Haynes
Nannette Y Harris-Jones

Shaza Noor Hussein
Lalin St Juste
Ayana Ivery
Iyabo Kwayana
Joan Tarika Lewis   
Samella Lewis
Kanika Marshall
Francis Mead

Selamawit Mekonen    
Shonna McDaniels
 

Bush Mama

Bush Mama

DeLa & Sasha Kelly

DeLa & Sasha Kelly

Lorraine Bonner

Lorraine Bonner

Amana Brembry Johnson

Amana Brembry Johnson

Anna W, Edwards

Anna W, Edwards

Cheryl Derricotte

Cheryl Derricotte

Melorra Green

Melorra Green

Ajuan Mance

Ajuan Mance

Karin Turner

Karin Turner

Toshia Crystal

Toshia Crystal