Opening Reception: Monday, June 19 from 7pm to 9pm
God Hates Us: The Death of Chocolate City Photography Show Explores Decline of Blackness in Washington DC
Washington DC-based artist Tadael Asfaha presents God Hates Us: The Death of Chocolate City, an evocative art show delving into the decline of Blackness in the nation’s capital. The opening reception will take place on Juneteenth from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Capitol Hills Art Workshop — the show will run until July 21st. It will feature a powerful exploration of societal issues and the impact of external forces on the once-vibrant African-American community.
Through striking imagery, Asfaha highlights the loss of cultural vitality, social disintegration, and the challenges faced by marginalized residents. The exhibition poignantly portrays abandoned structures, neglected culture, and the struggles stemming from systemic racism and socioeconomic disparities.
By juxtaposing images of the city’s past glory with its current state of decline, “God Hates Us: The Death of Chocolate City” aims to spark meaningful conversations about the pressing social issues faced by communities. The art show encourages empathy and unity as viewers confront the neglected issues that have impacted the unique cultural fabric of Washington DC, known as the “Chocolate City.”
Asfaha invites media, art enthusiasts, and the local community to experience this impactful art show on Juneteenth, a significant day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Through this exhibition, Asfaha pays homage to Juneteenth and seeks to deepen the dialogue on the ongoing struggles and triumphs of Black communities.
About Tadael Asfaha:
Eritrean born, swam to DC — Tadael’s love for art and photography has allowed him to steadily document the erosion of Blackness and culture in his hometown. Through his lens as a DC native, he sheds light on the challenges faced by his community, allowing their stories to be heard and their experiences to be seen. Shedding light on the challenges faced by his community, Tadael provides a platform for visual testimonials — capturing the essence of resilience within black culture, igniting dialogues, and celebrating the beauty of Chocolate City.
Capitol Hill Art Workshop is located at 545 7th St SE.