Artivist* janet e. dandridge presents “who cares about black girls where white shadows fall?”, her new solo exhibition running April 5th – 10th at the Bolsky Gallery on the campus of Otis College of Art & Design. The exhibit comprises a series of installations that illustrate the Washington DC-bred artivist's perspective of American life as a black woman at the center of the Venn Diagram of racism, sexism, and classism. The exhibit’s title was inspired by a line in Langston Hughes’ poem House In The World: “I'm looking for a house in the world where the white shadows will not fall?” The meaning of the term ‘black’, skin tone as it relates to notions of beauty, and the 100+ black women and girls murdered in South Los Angeles, are all addressed. This exhibition is a window into the indignities black women are expected to face and even embrace every day in America. In dandridge’s own words: “How can I not think and feel a need to respond to this madness?”
The exhibit runs for five days and includes three happenings: ceremonial opening on Tuesday, April 5th (at 7pm) - in memoriam of the black women killed and/or missing in South Los Angeles; a reading on Thursday, April 7th (at 7pm) - a woman's walking journey from South Los Angeles to West Los Angeles; and the closing reception on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 2pm-5pm. Bolsky Gallery is located at 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90045. The courtesy of RSVP is requested via email@example.com.
janet e. dandridge is an Artivist (Artist + Activist) who works primarily with performance, installation, and photography, producing progressive and solution-based dialogue on issues concerning racial constructs, misogyny, skin-tone prejudice (colorism) and socio-economic disparities; as well as still-photograph-creations that incite viewers to gaze beyond the somatic. She connects with various artistic and political movements, in addition to the visual arts, music, and Film & TV worlds. janet currently resides in Southern California.
*The term Artivist represents Artist + Activist as one in the same.
April 10, 2016