Join us for an Artist Talk & Reception with EAP awardee Nimah Gobir in conversation with Kija Lucas. Light refreshments and wine will be served.
Holding Space unveils a collection of intimate paintings that consider home, interiority, and belonging in the context of diasporic narratives. Through depictions of her family members and loved ones in everyday situations, Holding Space pauses for a poetic reflection on placemaking.
Embroidery, pattern, and textile motifs convey the layered expressive textures inherent to family homes. This exhibition is a meditation on how homes are places that hold secrets, histories, and vestiges of loved ones.
Nimah Gobir is the daughter of two Nigerian immigrants. Raised by a single mama and a textbook middle child, she creates art that explores her identity as a Black woman. Through paintings and installations, her work teases out both the nuances and shared experiences of being Black. She creates work in Oakland, CA.
Kija Lucas uses photography to explore ideas of home, heritage, and inheritance. She is interested in how ideas are passed down and seemingly inconsequential moments create changes that last generations. Lucas has exhibited her work extensively Bay Area Arts organizations including For-Site, SF Camerawork, Oakland Museum of California, Montalvo Arts Centerand Headlands Center for the Arts. She received her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and her MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. Lucas is currently the Curator of The Arts at CIIS.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Holding Space by Nimah Gobir on view through August 20, 2023.