BLATANT is a forum and live zine series authored and facilitated by Independent curator and cultural strategist Ashara Ekundayo that centers the lived experiences and radical imagination of Black womxn artists and cultural workers creating across discipline and geography. Presented in conjunction with her “Artist As First Responder” platform, this monthly discussion highlights artists whose creative practices heal communities and save lives.
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This month Ashara Ekundayo will be in conversation with Karen Seneferu and Lady PheOnix.
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Karen Seneferu is a mix media artist whose work challenges the idea that beauty exist outside of one’s cultural reality. Her work has been exhibited at the Oakland Museum, The California African American Museum, Yerba Buena Center, Skirball Museum, Tuft’s University Museum, and MOAD. Seneferu is also the founder and Artistic Director of the exhibit The Black Woman Is God, which has change the artistic and cultural landscape of California art.
Lady PheOnix is a curator of contemporary art and a passionate producer of creative works and events at the intersection of art and technology. She amplifies the work of artists through her virtual galleries, @yesuniverse.art and @universecontemporary. She is a leading voice for contemporary digital art and culture providing an essential platform for the art and artists of the of our time.
YESUNIVERSE is a global platform that builds community online and in-person through events and exhibitions where art and technology bring people together.
Ashara Ekundayo is an independent curator, artist, designer, creative industries entrepreneur and organizer working internationally across cultural, spiritual, civic, and social innovation spaces. Through her company AECreative Consulting Partners and her projects Omi Arts Project + Space and Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, she places artists and cultural production as essential in equitable design practices, real estate development, and movement-building. Her intersectional worldview offers both an Afrofuturist and Black radical feminist framework to the public sector by centering the lives, traditions, and expertise of Black womxn of the African Diaspora.
Currently, Ashara serves as Chief Creative Catalyst for the Bay Area Girls & Womxn of Color Collaborative, serves on the Advisory Board of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, and is the author and editor of the Artist As First Responder multi-media platform which excavates, documents and archives the work of artists who creative practices heal communities and save lives.
Generous support for this program is provided by Art Bridges
The Artist as First Responder Project is supported by: African American Art & Culture Complex | Akonadi Foundation | The San Francisco Foundation Wakanda Dream Lab at Movement Strategy Center | Women’s Foundation of California