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Exhibit Opening at Anne O Art

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MFA Thesis Exhibition by Shanequa Gay
The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper
April 1 - April 30, 2019

Opening reception
ANNE O ART
Sunday, March 31
4:00-7:00PM

The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper evaluates place, tradition, storytelling, and the experiences of African-American women to develop imaginative dialogues and alternative strategies for self-imaging by uprooting social proscriptions and challenging political norms. Within this installation of paintings, performance, and monumental sculptural figures, this work creates an environment of ritual and memorial, depicting amalgamated images of new gods and mythical figures whose lives have been impacted by systemic inequalities, by creating counter and re-imagined narratives that, at times, live within the duality of physical and spiritual worlds.