Exhibition on Magical Realism & Afrofuturism in the Black Diaspora
to Open at Honfleur Gallery
Satan On The Bare Outside Of Our World, 2012
From the Transformation series by Ivan Forde
Curated by Niama Safia Sandy, Black Magic: AfroPasts/AfroFutures kicks off at Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia on Saturday, August 19. The multidisciplinary exhibition is an exploration of magical realism and Afrofuturism as creative expressions and survival tactics across the Black Diaspora. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday August 19 at 5:00 p.m.; RSVP at https://blackmagicdc.splashthat.com/. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, October 7. Special programs include the Black Magic Shorts Festival on Sunday, August 20, and an artist talk for on Saturday, September 16.
A Woman to Remember, 2014
From the Memoirs of Permanence: A Winning Hand by Adrienne Gaither
Selected multimedia works by renowned artists from all over the Black World including Chloë Bass, Pierre Bennu, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Ivan Forde, Adrienne Gaither, Tariku Shiferaw, and Danny Simmons underscore curator Niama Safia Sandy’s assertion that magical realism and Afrofuturism are nodal points on a larger continuum of Black creative expression integral not just to artistic expression but central to the very act of moving through the world as a Black person in modern society. Black Magic is an artistic imagining of the outcomes when people of African descent remember shared pasts and project futures through the historical, sonic, visual and metaphysical memories and possibilities their ancestry affords.
About Niama Safia Sandy
Niama Safia Sandy is a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, and essayist. Niama believes that we personify the wildest dreams and joys of our ancestors. Simply put, this is the core mandate her work. She sees her role, as that of an agitator - one who endeavors to simultaneously call into question and make sense of the seemingly arbitrary nature of modern life and to celebrate our shared humanity in the process, while developing critical and creative modalities grounded in histories of the global Black Diaspora to enable others to do the same.
Established in 2007, Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art exhibition space located in the heart of Anacostia’s Historic District. Honfleur Gallery is a project of ARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Historic Anacostia. Learn more at archdc.org.