Date(s) - 03/20/2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Andrew Freedman Home
reImagining: Video/Photo Presentation and Panel
As part of the programming during the art exhibition Innuendos, we will have artists Ijoema D. Iheanacho present her project reImagining. The photos and videos will be presented as well as a panel of women that participated in the project.
For more information about the reImagining project please visit http://idistudios.com/the-reimagining/
The birth of the reImagining
The only thing worse than being misrepresented in your culture, is being disappeared from it. Imagine having to vacillate between the two. If you can, you know what it is to be a Black woman in America. Not Oprah, not Michelle, not Kerry. But the “everyday” Black woman being followed by the store detective. The “everyday” Black woman straining to see herself on TV or in the magazines. The “everyday” Black woman wondering where she fits in this society and why she is not allowed to contradict the false narratives that our culture has heaped upon her. These narratives often lead to a very tragic end. The reImagining is a photography installation conceived out of frustration. Frustration born out of not seeing myself, and those that look like me and have lived through similar experiences, adequately represented in mainstream media, culture, and society. Armed with this frustration, I asked 100 women of African descent to work with me to create a photographic installation to explore the stereotypes that impact their everyday lives, and to create the images that more accurately re-present them as individuals. The reImagining is a visual arts project in the process of giving these women the right to determine for themselves the images they want representing them.