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Betti Ono 7 Year Anniversary: Black Women Over Breathing

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Oakland, CA 94612

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Betti Ono is pleased to present Black Women Over Breathing, a group exhibiton of 8 Black Women artists. Co-curated by Adrian O. Walker and Danielle McCoy, this group show pays homage to all who are Black women-identified. The “Black Women Over Breathing” exhibition runs from October 6, 2017 - January 5, 2018.

“There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in black women. It’s as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet”

- Maya Angelou, November 21, 1973

Imagine a world without Black women: from Edmonia Lewis and Audre Lorde, to Nina Simone and Michelle Obama, these women and those like them—our mothers, aunts, sisters, partners, and friends—are courageous, bold, ambitious, and intelligent. They fought for our lives and for our right to express as we may, to love as we do, and to exist as we are. Simply put, without Black women, we wouldn’t be breathing.

Black Women over Breathing is more than a phrase. It is a movement that pays tribute to all who are Black women-identified. Though Black women are often degraded, underpaid, and overlooked. Black Women over Breathing celebrates Black women and all they have done to better the lives of those around them.

This group exhibition focuses on the work of emerging Black Women in the Bay Area, and highlights Betti Ono’s continued history of amplifying the voices of underrepresented artists through bold exhibitions. This group show will exhibit works by Lukaza Branfman, Jade Fair, Kierra Johnson, Jay Katelansky, Sasha Kelley, Yetunde Olagbaju, Danielle McCoy, Lelia Weefur, and Zakiya Zazzaboi. Each of these artist provide us with a different narrative and artistic position on the possibilities how Black Women change our lives and our communities. As part of the opening month there will be film screenings by The Black Aesthetic on October 12, 2017 and October 19, 2017, with a Curator’s Talk on November 3, 2017.



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