Discover the artwork of 9 talented Black women artists who made something beautiful out of their trauma.
2020 was a difficult year for all of us. With so many historical events taking place in just a year, it can be overwhelming and even traumatizing. The Black community especially didn’t have it easy in 2020. This marvelous exposition exclusively created by 9 Black women took 9 months to craft, from September of 2020 to May of 2021, giving its name to the exposition, Nine Artists, Nine Months, Nine Perspectives. A unique process went into the creation of this exposition; each artist was tasked with creating an artbook that each artist filled out with their own interpretation and art. Every 30 days the artbook would be passed on to the next woman to add to it. Indeed, they wanted to create art “that transcended and transformed the traumatic events of 2020.”
With each artist adding their personal style, techniques, and talent to these artbooks, the final result is an extraordinary tapestry of stories told through nine unique perspectives. During the creation period, the artists held meetings where they swapped the books, critiqued the process, and documented their experience in a group blog. This online and in-person exhibit opens on July 24. These beautiful, elaborate, and powerful books will be displayed at the Pyramid gallery along with artworks by each artist.
According to the press release: “the resulting artist books are filled with responses, perspectives and reflections during one of the most tumultuous years in in the last 100. These works are inspired by the continuous struggle for justice for BIPOC bodies, the effect of COVD-19 on the health and social welfare of marginalized people, the lack of response from the federal government, and the synergies created by socio-political grassroots movements like BLM and the election of the nation’s first BIPOC woman vice president. Artmaking became a transgressive act—their “artivism.” ”
Admission is free, but for the first weekend of the in-person viewings, a reservation must be made to ensure social distancing. Starting from July 28 attendees can visit during regular gallery hours without a reservation.
Where: 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781.
[Featured image: Pyramid Gallery]