ON BEING BLACK
A visual dialogue about race in America created by some of the most highly sought after artist of our time utlizing the medium of photography.
Arnika Dawkins Gallery is pleased and honored to present On Being Black, a provocative and groundbreaking invitational exhibition during Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2015. On Being Black features work by 23 nationally renowned, mid-career and emerging fine art photographers and explores issues of race, colorism and racial identity. The exhibition and the accomplished artists in participation endeavor to continue a conversation about race as well as attempt to make sense of the daily news; exploring the questions of how does one identify them self, who defines race and what does it mean to be black in the new millennium. On Being Black provides an intelligent point of view with distinct and observant voices on this topic.
Throughout history artists have responded creatively to their time; serving as a beacon honed in on society exploring a visceral account of life from the only perspective that they can; their own, a perspective solidified by living. On Being Black explores myths, truths and in a provocative way continues the visual dialog of racial identity.
“The thing about race is that scientifically there is no such thing. What we used to determine race is really nothing more than haphazard physical characteristics, cultural histories, and social conventions that distinguish one group from another.” - Kareem Abdul Jabar
Many thought we were living in a post-racial society where differences were celebrated, acknowledged and tolerated. Sadly with the current climate, our nation is still in the throes of reconciling issues of our shared past. The artists participating in On Being Black seek to gain a deeper understanding of race, colorism and racial identity through artistic expression with sensitivity and presence of awareness.
“At this time in our history this is a dialog that must be had.” - Arnika Dawkins
Arnika Dawkins Gallery is devoted to presenting fine art from both emerging and
established photographers, specializing in images created by artist from African Diaspora as well as images of people of African descent. Launched in 2012, the gallery's objective is to provide an educational platform that supports this burgeoning community of artists.
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Joshua has a solo-exhibition as part of ACP 2015 at Spruill Gallery, opening on Thursday, Sept. 17th. And he'll be participating in the "On Being Black" group show at Arnika Dawkins Gallery in October.