Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I Not a Woman and a Sister?

James Harris Gallery, Seattle, United States
17 Oct 2013 - 27 Nov 2013

The James Harris Gallery presents a small group photography show of artists from Africa whose works explore the issues of identity, culture, and religion. The artists selected for the exhibition specifically use the camera to document themselves. They have each become the subject and the photographer, the performer and the director.

The photographs often become a transmitter of information expressing concerns about race, sex, and class. In additional works the artists use their personal experiences to shed light on the social injustices of historical and contemporary events. The photographs incorporate performative nature in which the on hopes to provide a deeper insight into humanity by raising awareness of the barriers that exist within the African continent.Artists featured in this exhibition are Adeola Olagunju, Abraham Oghobase, Nomusa Makhubu, Hasan and Husain Essop, and Mohau Modisakeng.

Am I not a Man and a Brother? Am I not a Woman and a Sister? is a historic slogan for the fight for freedom and equal rights among all mankind. The slogan was coined by Josiah Wedgwood, the famous potter and abolitionist who manufactured ceramic wares to promote the eradication of slavery. This exhibition and its theme are culturally important to Seattle. The James Harris gallery also sees this exhibition as a way to bring awareness to global issues of race and identity.


Opening Reception: Oct 17th, 6-8PM 






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