Opening Reception: Friday, May 18 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
This exhibit is a coalescence of the social, political and environmental upheavals that continue to challenge people of African descent in diverse regions of the Diaspora. Sabiyha’s work captures the expression of these challenges through the use of colors representing the millions exposed to climates of sociopolitical and environmental uncertainty. Denise distills these challenges through imagery documenting Caribbean and West African populations facing obstacles akin to what US African descendants experience in their fight for social, political, and environmental justice.
Denise Wright is a psychologist who began taking photographs in 1995 during the Million Man March in Washington, DC. This is her second exhibit in 14 years. As a photographer, she has a passion for shooting with B&W film. Presenting photos that are described as organic, her work is untouched by any sort of image enhancing software. Her photographs have been purchased by the DC Arts Commission for the Art Bank and by private collectors. This exhibit presents an array of photographs taken between 2012-2017 when Denise was living in Yola, Nigeria, as well as during trips she made to Niger and Cuba.
Sabiyha Prince is a cultural anthropologist and community organizer whose work focuses on African American history and culture. She began collaging as a teenager and obtained a BA in communication arts with a focus on photography and media studies. After more than a decade in academia, Sabiyha began producing abstract art in 2017. She first exhibited through the Petworth Artist Collaborative and has sold her work to private collectors. Sabiyha’s paintings reflect her commitment to the self-determination of African descended people globally and social justice for all.
Anacostia Art Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.