Opening Reception: August 21 from 6:30-8:30pm
On view August 13, 2021 – October 2, 2021
For Black Americans, Generational memory is the great miracle of Pan Africanism. While many Black Americans may never know their ancestors’ names and geographic origins, many have received a wealth of cultural memory passed down for generations. A wide array of distinct African traditions have driven the Black community forward in the face of decades of systematic oppression in America. This magic isn’t a mistake or a happy coincidence. The passing down and celebration of African memory is our birthright. Blood Memories: Celestial Reflections of Our Ancestors celebrates the wonder of African beauty, and survival, in America.
Blood Memories runs from August 13, 2021 –October 2, 2021 in the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020. The Opening Reception will be held on
August 21 from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM. The event will feature a brief artist forum, live music from The Hut, and karaoke provided by DJ Artis. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm
Rashad Ali Muhammad is an interdisciplinary artist of the African diaspora from the Washington metropolitan area. Muhammad builds a sense of wonder and mystique in his art as he blends his lived experiences, vivid imagination, and refined aesthetic to create striking representations of the human spirit. His formal education in Graphic Design and Photography at American University helped develop his style and artistic choices. Muhammad’s series of work featured in Blood Memories centers on collage. Collaging reminds him of his ancestor’s ability to create new ways of existing from disparate sources. While ties to their indigenous homes were broken, they blended their knowledge and skills in a new world to survive and persevere. Collage fuses
various repurposed material, each with a distinct meaning, combined to create new connections and meanings that captivate and engage the mind.