Arts + Culture


Sep 11, 2021 - Oct 31, 2021
820 Liberty Pop-Up Gallery
820 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

The brain child of Crystal Noel Jalil, and curated by The Coloured Section's Natiq & Zeal Eva, An<says>tors explores the concept of ancestor veneration and how we receive the lessons of those who came before us.

It asks us, “What has been passed down?” “What has been heard?” "What would you say?” “What should be given?” “What do we leave behind?” “How have we received?”

The questions are answered through a collection of visual art, multimedia voice/video recordings, written and spoken word poetry, jewelry, and various other creative forms. These works, as a collection of afrofuturistic art installations, will not only pay homage to the past, but also encapsulate our hopes for the future.

This exhibition, brought to you by The Coloured Section Black Artists' Collective, will consists of visual art pieces ranging in size from small paintings including mixed media, watercolor, acrylics, oils, graphite/charcoal, and collage, to larger pieces including installations and sculpture. These works draw inspiration from various philosophies of ancestor veneration that are traditionally practiced across the African diaspora. Antors demonstrates the various ways that the current African American experience has been shaped by the lived experiences of generations passed, the stories of our elders, the hopes of our youths, and the latest scientific study into genetic memory.

The US is a country that deifies it's heroes and reveres the collective heritage of some as patriotic and good. However, history has shown mostly contempt towards the black experience, diminishing the accomplishments of their past generations into obscurity, and reducing past populations to slaves, criminals, agitators, or pacifists. This exhibit takes the personal approach to our history, addressing the nuances of the Afican American experience, bringing it into sharp focus.

Join the Coloured Section Black Artists' Collective as they take you on a journey into the past and future, and witness it's debut event with your own eyes.

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