Press Release:

The Black Woman is God at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery


The acclaimed exhibition, The Black Woman is God: The Assembly of Gods (#TBWIG), has found home at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery. Celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form, #TBWIG features 9 intergenerational, international Black women artists: KaliMa Amilak, Michaela Pilar Brown, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Alexa Christine Burrell, Ashara Ekundayo, Angela Hennessy, Kenyatta AC Hinkle, Rosalind McGary and Gabrielle Tesfaye.  

The Black Woman is God, originally curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, is an exhibition, and a movement-building platform that explores the intersections of race and gender, dismantling racist and patriarchal notions that devalue Black women’s contributions to society. This year, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery is one of three Oakland galleries with satellite shows for The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods.

As the only gallery in the country dedicated to work created by women of the African Diaspora, it was only fitting for Ashara Ekundayo Gallery participate in the expansion of The Black Woman is God. Curated by Ashara Ekundayo, the show runs October 3-26, 2018. The exhibition kicks off with a First Friday reception (October 5th, 6pm - 10pm) and a Procession. Co-led by Regina’s Door/Ceremony, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and master-drummer, Afia Walking Tree, the procession starts at 7pm. Be sure to stop by the gallery on October 18th for our featured artist talk at 6pm.

“The exhibition uplifts and makes visible the multiplicity of Black art, culture and spirituality and brings to the forefront an urgent and poignant call to combat the erasure of Black women's lives and stories in society," states curator and gallerist Ekundayo.

Contact: Niema Jordan niema.jordan@gmail.com