People of color in the United States have been systematically marginalized by both those in power and the institutions they represent. Historically, media has portrayed us as violent and uneducated while history books largely omit our stories and contributions to the United States. Since people of color don’t control the media or get to write history books, the problem of inaccurate depictions persists.
The “Black On Black” exhibition series has challenged those portrayals, sharing some of the historical oppression people of color have faced and the structures behind it. The series examined issues we face each day using sculpture, mixed media, paintings, performances, videos and more.
The third iteration of “Black On Black,” BOBV3, looks at how people of color have come up with solutions and ways to deal with the continued oppression, degradation and daily emotional labor endured. The artwork in BOBV3 seeks to heal and reveal the agency that people of color have always had.
We didn’t create the problems, but we’ve created our own solutions. #BlackOnBlackV3 #BOBV3
The “Black On Black V3” exhibition is in partnership with and hosted by VAE Raleigh.