ConCept And Moderation Joy Kristin Kalu, Isaiah Lopaz GUESTS Sokari Ekine, Hess Love, Goitse Freeverse Montsho
Sokari Ekine is a Nigerian British queer feminist and abolitionist who has lived and worked in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. Their work has been exhibited in such venues as: 4th Biennale of Fine Art and Documentary Photography; Berlin, PhotoVille, New York and Los Angeles; New Orleans African American Museum; AfroFuture at Art Basel, Miami. As a practicing Haitian Vodouisant initiate, Ekine’s work focuses on decolonization, sexuality and African diasporic spiritualities; in ways that overlap in their multiple roles as photographer, independent scholar, blogger and community builder.
Hess Love Born in Annapolis and currently in love with Baltimore, Hess is the accumulation of their mother’s and grandmother’s and foremother’s love. Creative, fluid, compassionate and fierce being that is very protective of what and who they love. Water and all of its abilities personified. Fire too. Student of the world. Made of stardust and their ancestor’s wildest dreams. In between their pieces that can be found on RaceBaitr, Black Youth Project, Wear Your Voice Mag, Brown Girls Out Loud and Medium, you can find them online “politicking” about Blackness, Hoodoo, History, Feminism, Motherhood, Queerness, Food, Books, Sex and Humor.
Isaiah Lopaz is a transdiscplinary artist who works with photography, text, collage, and performance. Maintaining a socially engaged practice is essential to Lopaz who curates public conversations, facilitates workshops, writes about art and culture, lectures, and is a frequent media commentator. Themes and subjects central to his work include gender, race, sexuality, class, citizenship, Hoodoo, African and Afro-Diasporic histories and cultures. Born into a working class family in occupied Tongva territory, Lopaz is an African American of Geechee and Indigenous heritage. He identifies as queer and is a local of Los Angeles, Brussels, and Berlin.