Black Imagination: Sites of Power

BLACK IMAGINATION: SITES OF POWER
Natasha Marin 
FOLLOW ALONG - FEBRUARY 2021 

Learn more www.black-imagination.com  

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SITES OF POWER  is the latest Black Imagination  exhibition-slash-experience  co-created in community to center and amplify the resonance of our intersectional Black voices. Viral conceptual artist,  Natasha Marin, led this evocative iteration of this on-going project with award-winning director,  Jay O'Leary Woods.  

On the Boards is pleased to co-present Natasha Marin’s online multimedia project along with a number of multidisciplinary arts organizations in the Seattle area. As we continue to partner with artists and arts organizations to bring their vision to life, we are struck by the power of Marin’s voice to build a collective of voices that came together in this moment to amplify and distribute this iteration of the Black Imagination project. Sites of Power reveals how imagination and collective power can lead to transformational stories.     

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION 
As a whole, the on-going Black Imagination project exists to make space— space for intersectionality, nuance, and the full range of humanity that is Blackness. Now, from the safety of our devices, anywhere in the world, we can create our own Black Imagination experiences online at www.black-imagination.com

Sites of Power is about validation-- being seen and heard. Sites of Power is about healing from generations of invalidation and erasure. Sites of Power is about community. And community is true power. Curator, Natasha Marin & Director, Jay O'Leary Woods collaborated with artists across disciplines to create new works based on original audio and text centering our Black creative communities, dynamic adaptations from the Black Imagination book, vulnerable and meditative performances, and musical compositions that move from playful, to soulful, to haunting, and back to playful again. 

This Black Imagination project began around the simple act of listening. Visitors to the Sites of Power exhibition can experience these living testimonies however they choose, but everyone is encouraged to find a playlist among the 6 available on the site (with over 100 tracks), turn off the lights, or close their eyes, and just listen. If that sounds too relaxing, exhibition visitors may also curate their own viewing-slash-listening experiences by playing one or more of the 20+ videos on the site ... at the same time if you're feeling adventurous ... and on more than one device if available. Sites of Power exists to amplify our collective voices around themes that amplify nuance and challenge delusions.

<<<SUBMISSIONS FOR BLACK IMAGINATION BOOK 2 ARE NOW OPEN>>> 

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CONTRIBUTORS

CURATOR  
Natasha Marin  

ADAPTATION/DIRECTOR 
Jay O'Leary Woods  

FEATURED SITE OF POWER  
Nafasi Art Space  
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) 

SOUND ENGINEER 
Ayesha Ubayatilaka  

INTERVIEWEES (Audio) 
Amber Flame  
Brooke Montgomery  
Charles Mudede  
Cyreeta Mitchell  
Darnita Boynton Howard  
Ebo Barton  
Evie/Lumi Taylor  
Hasaan Kirkland  
JR Rhodes  
Jennifer Moore  
Julia Ismael  
Kenney Polson  
Kilam Tel Aviv  
Korvus Blackbird 
Kristin McCowan  
Kyana Wheeler  
Lain Littlejohn  
Leilani Lewis  
Marlon Brown  
Nii Okaidja Adelphi Adjemang DeCosta Randolph III  
Roman O’Brien  
Rosslyn Shae  
Salma Siddick  
Syreeta Bernal  
Tamara Boynton Howard  
Tarik Abdullah  
Tim Lennon  

INTERVIEWEES (Video) 
Chrissy Carter 
J Mase III 
Jordan Green 
Luzviminda "Lulu" Carpenter 
Salma Siddick 
Tony Norman 
Zorn Taylor  

PERFORMERS
Allyson Lee Brown  
Jazmin Williams  
Mathurs Oseni  
Nicholas Japaul Bernard  
Porscha Shaw  
Shermona Mitchell  
Stephon Dorsey  
Wes Jones  

DANCERS
Sharon Atieno 
Tyisha Nedd 

MUSICIANS/COMPOSERS 
Acacia and James Porter | Peace and Red Velvet 
Intylekt of BOC Music 
Porscha Shaw 
Ready Ron Beats 
Jenn Moore 

EDITORS/FILMMAKERS 
Chris Ivey | HYPERBOY MEDIA  
Dante Barger | ORIGINAL DANTE 

PHOTOGRAPHY 
Sydney Foster  
Erika Schultz 

ASL TRANSLATION 
Stephen Mogul 

IN COMMUNITY
We encourage you to check out these incredible organizations!  

4Culture  
Abundance of Hope  
Artist Trust  
Blue Cone Studios  
CUT  
Forever Safe Spaces 
Family Race Exhibit Collective  
Hedgebrook  
Hugo House  
Jack Straw Cultural Center  
Langston  
McSweeney's  
Northwest Film Forum  
On the Boards  
One Vibe Africa  
SIS Productions  
Shorelake Arts Council  
Sound Theater Company  
Seattle People of Color Salon  
Story2 Designs  
Wa Na Wari 

 

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