Wallpaper* – MoAD Fall 2021 Exhibition Announcement

San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora reopens with Billie Zangewa and Amoako Boafo

Reopening for the first time since the onset of Covid-19, San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora is staging epic exhibitions by Amoako Boafo and Billie Zangewa

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Great article by @pei_ru_keh for @wallpapermag on the new #BillieZangewa & @amoakoboafo exhibitions! It’s a thrill to work with such relevant and powerful artists. We hope that you’ll come to experience their shows.

📷 Eric Carmichael

Be sure to read the full article which also features curators @larryosseimensah and @dexterwimberly . Here are some gems.

“Despite the simultaneous openings, each artist has been duly given their own spotlight. Boafo presents over 20 works that he created between 2018 and 2021. The exhibition, titled ‘Soul of Black Folks’ after the pioneering book of essays by sociologist and Pan Africanist WEB Du Bois, invites viewers to challenge their perceptions of the Black figure. This dialogue is intentionally amplified by the context of Du Bois’ historical writing, which contributed to the coining of the term ‘double consciousness’ to summarise the way Black people often had to view themselves through the eyes of others. Boafo’s deeply personal works, which represent sitters of all walks of African life, are steadfast celebrations of Blackness; each is an assertion of dignity and importance.

Boafo’s captivating point of view is complemented by the intricate collages of textile artist Billie Zanegawa, who is exhibiting works from the past 15 years as well as new pieces made especially for ‘Thread for a Web Begun’. Zangewa’s intricate creations are enhanced by her deep understanding of textiles. From early works that feature embroideries on pieces of found fabric to more recent works that have been composed using hand-stitched fragments of raw silk, Zangewa portrays a range of personal and universal experiences using domestic interiors, urban landscapes and portraiture to challenge historical stereotypes, objectification and exploitation of the Black female form.”

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