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AfriKin Art/Florida 2022 To Acknowledge Ayi Kwei Armah’s Seminal Work
The City of Opa-locka welcomes its inaugural Art Week with AfriKin Art 2022 — Opening with VIP Preview on Wednesday, November 30th and closing on Sunday, December 4th — Open Hours from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Maison AfriKin, 650 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054.
AfriKin Art 2022features a solid line-up of international artists, creatives, performers and scholars whose works are being presented within the framework of concepts surrounding the 1968 novel, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, by AyiKwei Armah. The novel explores how its protagonist maintained his integrity amid the darkness of compromise and corruption and his observation of how individuals, families and communities failed to denounce the greed and corruption that was tagged as genetically African when faced with similar tests. AfriKin Art 2022 rereads the novel in exploring contemporary issues that beset the global world in general in consideration of Africa and the African Diaspora in particular.
AfriKin Art 2022: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born has a line struck through the “Not Yet” in its title to highlight the ones who are indeed born and the genuineness and power of these creatives and innovators.
Though often unrecognized, the “Beautyful Ones” are present — here and now and are influencing what is next. The artists assembled in this exhibition have defied the disadvantages of otherness and are making art history.
Exhibiting artists include : Doba Afolabi – Nigeria / Greg Bailey – Jamaica / Turgo Bastien – Haiti / Bayunga – Congo / Kimani Bedford – Jamaica / Aisha Tandiwe Bell – USA / John Campbell – Jamaica / George Camille – Seychelles / Maximo Camineiro – Dominican Republic / Camille Chedda – Jamaica / Katrina Coombs – Jamaica / ViyéDiba – Senegal / Philippe Dodard – Haiti / Najee Dorsey (BAIA) – USA / Juan Roberto DiagoDurruthy – Cuba / George Edozie – Nigeria / AngéleEssambaEtoundi – Cameroon, Netherlands / Yrneh Gabon – Jamaica / Joaquin Gonzalez – Spain / SadiHaddi – USA / Siriki Ky – Burkina Faso / Peter Wayne Lewis – Jamaica, USA / Jude Papa Loko – Haiti / Obinna Makata – Nigeria / Bryan McFarlane – USA / Ricardo Lion Molina – Cuba / Mosera – Sint Maarten / Christina Nicola – USA / Johnson Obidi – Nigeria / Rita Obidi – Nigeria / Adonis Parker – USA / Omari Ra – Jamaica / Oneika Russell – Jamaica / Carlos Salas – Colombia / Beverly Sealey – Trinidad / SHENEQUA – USA / MusahSwallah – Ghana / Phillip Thomas – Jamaica / BarthélémyToguo – Cameroon
The collection of artworks for AfriKin Art 2022 edition, expresses a foundational and fundamental discourse that activates transformational possibilities. This milestone enables the process of redefining “beauty” and assigning greater value to “community”. The “Beautyful Ones” are present and are reshaping landscapes in order to promote a more cohesive and refreshed global society. These “Ones” facilitate the process of finding completeness, stability and strength. AfriKin Art 2022 has been designed to reverberate with those focused on more harmonious ways of living and who are willing to learn how to assist others. In acknowledgement of the fact that we live in an interdependent world, AfriKin has been working as a conduit to connect Continental Africa and the Diaspora to show that what we have in common is far greater than what is perceived as separating us. AfriKin creates strategic partnerships and sustainable collaborations within its area of expertise — cultural industry.
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