Mehari Sequar Gallery Presents Jamilla Okubo Ain’t going to tell you no story, Ain’t going to tell you no lie

By Editorial Team on May 14, 2019

Thu, 16 May 2019 - Fri, 07 June 2019

Image courtesy Mehari Sequar Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 8-11pm

On view: May 16- June 7, 2019

Mehari Sequar Gallery is a new independent gallery dedicated to articulating global narratives by examining the world through art. Our new 1,400 square foot gallery is located at 1402 H St. NE Washington, DC 20002.

We are committed to art, innovation, and vibrant artistic experiences. The diverse range of established, emerging, and international artists we present explore conceptual approaches embracing freedom of artistic expressions across all mediums.

Mehari Sequar Gallery is pleased to present “Ain’t going to tell you no story, Ain’t going to tell you no lie” our inaugural exhibition showcasing the mixed media works of Jamilla Okubo. On view at 1402 H Street NE in Washington DC, the show marks the artist’s first solo exhibition.

The artworks in “Ain’t going to tell you no story, Ain’t going to tell you no lie” explores the folklore
and proverbs of daily life in Black America. Experiential context sets the stage of Okubo’s paintings, with imagery that offers partial view of protected spaces where tales and talk circulated, enabling the passing on of wisdom through stories.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, of African-American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian descent, Okubo graduated from Duke Ellington School of the Arts, before continuing her studies at Parsons the New School for Design. As a visual artist, surface designer, and illustrator, her work has consistent themes that explore the intricacy of belonging to an American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian identity. She aims to use her interdisciplinary concentration as a medium to weave together stories of the African diaspora. Okubo’s art practice takes on ways to document and archive stories, moments, and ways of expression.

Okubo currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Okubo has recently collaborated with Christian Dior on their Lady Bag Project. She has also illustrated a children’s book with Shout Mouse Press, collaborated with The Line Hotel on a public art project. Currently on display “When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you” is a 20-foot interactive and third dimensional installation, located in Hudson Yards New York.

Mehari Sequar Gallery is located at H Street NE Washington, DC 20002