Please join us for the closing reception of Maafa:Roho ya Babu curated by Gason Ayisyin. In rhythm with the purpose and meaning of the exhibition we will also commemorate the aniversary of Katrina. The evening will be an artist-led guided group tour.
African Diasporic subjects as vessels in connection with infinity: The Swahili word for spirit or soul is Roho. Babu is the Swahili word for grandfather or ancestor. The Ashé Side By Side Maafa Exhibition seeks to explore the intersection between ancestors of the African Diaspora and the divine essence that is the human spirit.
Dail Chambers, Roslyn J. Smith, Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Kenneth LaFrance, Cosette Richard, Leona Strassberg Steiner, B’rael Ali, Rukiya, Sean Clark, Anthony Heyward, Freddye Hill, Charles Lovell, Kharam Ngati and Lisa Dubois
Guest Curator: Gason Ayisyin | Curatorial Statement
In the African Diaspora, spirit of the ancestors is a phrase often used in connection with a historical human plight, an immeasurable, indescribable suffering that has echoed and evolved throughout the generations. However, in our keen understanding of this plight, we often miss the celebratory aspect of transitioning past such suffering and the divine spark they possessed in both the earthly and spiritual realms. Have you ever been in nature and felt something greater than yourself? Have you ever had a deceased loved one speak to you in a dream? Have you ever felt a rhythm that gave you goose bumps all over?If so, you have witnessed ancestral spirit. We invite you to join us in widening our view of the ancestors, moving beyond the historical and physical into the spiritual.
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