BAIA Talks : Exploring African and African-American Ritual from a Feminist Perspective with Charmaine Minniefield
In this episode of BAIA Talks, Najee has a candid conversation with Charmaine Minniefield – visual artist and producer. The two discuss Charmaine’s art, as it explores both African and African-American ritual from a feminist Perspective – as well as representation of women in art institutions, activism in art, social media as a spirit of influence, and technology.
Charmaine Minniefield draws from indigenous traditions as seen throughout Africa and the Diaspora and her personal connection to women who have played a major role in her life. Her work explores African and African American ritual from a feminist perspective. Through acrylic on canvas and mixed media site specific installations she celebrates her ancestors and the strength and mysterious power of women. Her portraits of gargantuan women, often painted in bold colors and patterns, are influenced by her relationship with her grandmothers whom she remembers as being larger than life. With a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College, Charmaine Minniefield has also served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for nearly 20 years, holding positions with such arts organizations as the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art and the Fulton County Arts Council.