About Ashara Ekundayo Gallery

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Ashara Ekundayo Gallery (AEG) is an arts exhibition and events venue located in the Uptown/KONO Arts District in Oakland, CA that exclusively showcases the archival, contemporary art, and new media works ...

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Title: “Obvious Magic: This Womanist Imaginary”
Artist: Binta Ayofemi Idris Hassan, Kimberly Mayhorn, Yetunde Olagbaju, Karen Seneferu, Jewels Smith, Shanna Strauss, Kristina Williams
Dates: Mar 2nd - Apr 14th
Time: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

About Ashara Ekundayo Gallery
(AEG) is an arts exhibition and events venue located in the Uptown/KONO Arts District in Oakland, CA that exclusively showcases the archival, contemporary art, and new media works of Black women of the African Diaspora, and artistic creations made in collaboration with Black women. Highlighting artistic production across a myriad of disciplines, AEG specializes in displaying works that investigate and inspire social and spiritual inquiry at the intersection of Fact x the Black feminist imaginary x Afrofuturism. htp://Ashara.io

Featured Artists:
Binta Ayofemi
Idris Hassan
Kimberly Mayhorn
Yetunde Olagbajua
Karen Seneferu
Jewels Smith aka (H)afrocentric: The Comic
Shanna Strauss
Kristina TheNamastina Williams

“Obvious Magic | This Womanist Imaginary”
1 March – 14 April 2018

Eight women creators cast shadows through film, print and experimental media in Obvious Magic: This Womanist Imaginary – the inaugural exhibition at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery. It is our gaze upon the fleshbody, under the scalp and nails that are seen when we kneel in prayer in these works, a display of a type of self-portraiture – an opening in the throats of Black women who store energy, recalibrate, and heal.

Additionally, notions of Deity and danger are explored through inquiry and performative interview that bring forth an understanding of oppression and exaltation. This womanist dialogue at the center of society condemns the removal of spatial understanding and offers wider perception for this current universal shift and return to the Divine feminine.
Ashara Ekundayo, Curator

Ashara Ekundayo Gallery
480 23rd Street (come through the rod iron gate)
Oakland | CA 94612

HOURS: W/TH/F -1PM -7PM and 3rd SAT 12PM – 4PM + By Appointment