Curated by Tanekeya Word, a womanist, visual artist, printmaker, scholar and art educator
When seeing a work of art, I always have a critical dialogue with the title—especially in the scholarship of Black folks, as we love a good ole’ story and the trickster trope. The title within a work of art acts as a code and has the ability to conjure collective memories. They are the memories that we reach back and take, seamlessly picking them up from the exact moment in time that the event occurred and suddenly bringing these memories forth in present-day to connect with a work of art, thus reimagining ourselves within the visual language. Black Art has power. Each of the selected Black women artists has gifted me with a transformative experience when seeing Black interiority within their written and visual language.