What would it mean to co-create and be in a homemade space of interior world making imagined for and with Black girls, women, and femmes as part of their everyday creative livelihoods? Homemade, with Love: More Living Room is a multimedia performance installation of artwork made during Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truth’s (SOLHOT) sessions locally at Urbana and Franklin Middle Schools; a portion of Unheard Sounds, Come Through, an installation by St. Louis-based artist Jen Everett; and works by Black women artists in Krannert Art Museum’s collection, including Carrie Mae Weems, Margo Humphry, and Doris Derby. In addition, the installation will include films on view that explore Black girls relationships to home, land and Black girlhood from Kamari Smalls, Ruth Nicole Brown and Paris Cian. The artists featured visualize and sound Black everyday life, celebration, and interiority with Black girlhood and feminist poetics, art, and collective care in mind. Homemade, more than an art exhibition, will be co-curated with SOLHOT as a home space that prioritizes Black girls’ creative lives. This evolving installation makes room for celebration, creativity and imagination of Black girls, women, and femmes.
Curated by Blair Ebony Smith, DRIVE Postdoctoral Fellow in Art Education