The Stamp Gallery Presents André Terrel Jackson, Akea Brionne, and Sadia Alao In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood

By Editorial Team on February 8, 2021

Mon, 08 February 2021 - Sat, 27 March 2021

Sadia Alao, Still from Black Girl Bitter. Digital video, 2020.
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This spring the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents In Focus: Representations of Black Womanhood, an exhibition of artwork to inspire dialogue and reflection on identity. On view February 8 through March 27, 2021, the exhibition features ten artworks by three emerging and mid-career artists. In dual contradiction and in spite of the limitations associated with ‘black’ and ‘woman’ and the other identities embodied in each individual, André Terrel Jackson, Akea Brionne, and Sadia Alao seek to answer these questions for themselves and diversify the narrative of what it means to be a black woman in today’s America.

Curated by Brianna Nuñez

About the Artists:

Sadia Alao is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland where she studied Marketing and Theater. She is a spoken word artist, director, writer, actor, and so much more. Her work involves uplifting and creating space for marginalized lives. Sadia plans to head her own multimedia production company highlighting the successes and narratives of people of color.

Akea Brionne Brown is a visual journalist, photographer, writer, curator, and researcher whose personal work investigates the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she explores current political and social themes, as they relate to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Mining personal history, André Terrel Jackson is able to use poetry, weaving, sculpture, apparel and performance to spark conversation about difficult issues related to identity. André uses language, visual/literal/metaphorical, to center the voices and images of blackness. Intersectionality is paramount, and influences the use of materials, which take the artist from the craft store, to the hardware store, from the quirky, to the fine and luxurious.  The mixing, and juxtaposing, of materials lend humor and beauty to otherwise grave topics.

FREE and open to the public.

Spring 2021 hours starting February 8:

  • Mondays–Thursdays: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Fridays: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Saturdays: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sundays: Closed

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The Stamp Gallery is closed on all University holidays.

The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.