Exploring Life for Black Womxn - curated by K. Wilson

Curatorial/Narrative Statement

Malcom X once said “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” This quote has been referenced to a million times since the first he said it. As a black woman, I have my own struggles and insecurities that I deal with due to personal experiences and society’s views towards black women as a whole. We deal with the most trauma and criticism yet still are expected to put on a smile for the public. It is hard surviving in this world where we are constantly being marginalized because of our race and gender. It is unfair that we are at a disadvantage in this aspect. The Rituals of Black Womanhood places emphasis on where and how women of the diaspora express the realities of their personhood, highlighting their strength and resilience through the many hardships they are forced to endure. Curators Naima J. Keith and Dr. NIcole Fleetwood have been an inspiration for me. Naima J Keith went through a journey of securing her position as she went through many different phases and opportunities in her life, such as getting her MA in Contemporary Art at UCLA, a curatorial fellow, and curator, a museum director, a triennial co-artistic director. She is very humble with her work and I admire her eagerness and dedication to staying within the conversation because I personally realized that conversation never stops. It always continues. It may change different directions or even loop around for a full circle but it never ceases as the art world continues to develop and shift. Reading Dr. Nicole Fleetwood's work in “Making Time Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration'' and “Prison Nation” was eye-opening for me. She used her personal experience as her driving force to pursue this work. She introduced me to a topic that I never even thought about nor paid attention to. I took their qualities and applied it to this exhibition to add to the conversation of how it is to be a Black woman.