On View: Thursday, March 21 - Saturday, May 4
Through the use of colorful marked papers, graphite, and painting, Glyneisha Johnson explores the notion of collage as a metaphor to describe Black culture through domestic interior spaces and public Black spaces related to home. The spaces evaluate the public vs. private nature of Black identity due to colonial displacement. “The Black Interior” is a safe, creative, and healing space for Black people beyond “the public face of stereotype and limited imagination,” wrote the poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander. It is a space that allows us to remember our history and “helps us envision what we are not meant to envision: complex black selves, real and enactable black power, rampant and unfetishized black beauty.” Highlighting spaces such as the kitchen, bus stop, and front porch, The Black Interior creates a nostalgia for a past and present that never existed. Adorned with decorative artifacts that are synonymous with black culture, spiritual motifs, and referential figures the spaces reflect the desolate truths and overt absences that reside there.