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Artist Talk with Dawn Okoro

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South Dallas Cultural Center

3400 South Fitzhugh Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

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Artist, Dawn Okoro, shares her creative process at the closing of Punk Noir.

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Take one last look at Punk Noir and join Dawn Okoro for a discussion about her work. Learn more about Okoro’s creative process and how her interest in fashion and punk culture informs her artistic style.

The talk will be held in the Athello Beck Gallery at the South Dallas Cultural Center on March 21 from 1-2 p.m. Admission is FREE.

About Punk Noir

Featuring portraits of black musicians, filmmakers, photographers and other creatives — Punk Noir revels in the divine feminine and masculine embodiments of its subjects. Artist, Dawn Okoro, uses energetic colors and the complexion of her characters to manipulate the quality of light, offering an alternative to life lived on a stark white canvas in a black body. Across numerous bodies of work, Okoro adopts compositional techniques from fashion photography while partially obscuring faces and bodies to address issues of erasure, and its particular impact on black women. In Punk Noir, Okoro disputes the image of punk that has long been occupied by whiteness in favor of an afrocentric world view. This more nuanced version of blackness (e.g. punk noir) exists far beyond its aesthetic value. It is anti-establishment in nature, and working to reclaim and reveal its influence in music, fashion and art.

The exhibition will run from Jan. 25 until Mar. 21.

About Dawn Okoro

Heavily influenced by fashion as a means of aesthetic expression and resistance — Dawn Okoro’s work examines standards of beauty and the use of commercial imagery to commodify desire. Informed by compositional techniques used in fashion photography, Okoro draws inspiration from popular culture. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Drawing Magazine, and on BET’s The First Wives Club. She has shown at the Texas Biennial, George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, New York University, and the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn. She resides and works in Austin, Texas.

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