Join us for the opening exhibition of Spells for the Freeman / Liberation of Land Through Breath by Cedric Umoja. Free and open to the public! Live tunes by Jah Free will play throughout the opening.
This body of work speaks towards the commodification of land. It specifically addresses the evaporation of Black spaces, namely the slow yet obvious demise of the Black community, as it has always been central to Black culture.
Through creative processes , I’ve conjured a means to counteract these occurrences by employing certain words. These words are charged with the duty of opposing the intentions and actions of any attempting to remove the form of Blackness, which resides in these spaces.
Land provides an opportunity which makes an allowance for experiencing intimate bonds, that can be sowed continuously as well as re-established. While it can be tied to identity, it exceeds culture. It’s accompanied by the promise of prosperity even in the face of a definite uncertainty, such as this. So, through the use of symbols, markings, and words connection is formed. They’re fashioned to weave into past, present and future generations as a declaration of protection and perseverance!
About Cedric Umoja:
Cedric Umoja was born in San Francisco, California, but is based out of Columbia, South Carolina. Cedric Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a Yale MFA and veteran fine artist, whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now Famed New York school. Cedric has painted mural in San Francisco’s Mission District, Charleston’s Alicia Alley, and in 2017, organized and completed a collaborative mural on Columbia’s Millwood corridor. In addition to his street art, Umoja has had solo exhibitions at Sumter Gallery of Art, South Carolina State University, and The Goodall Gallery at Columbia College.
The dominance of industrialized farming and the shrinking of domestic manufacturing have transformed the landscape of much of the South. In its wake, we see communities struggling with many of the same issues faced by underserved urban populations: poor access to education, health care, and opportunities for advancement. We will be identifying rural communities and rural-based artists in 2018-2019 to develop projects around the stories and experiences of this often overlooked and disrespected part of our community.