Juneteenth is approaching and celebrations are underway in the city of Atlanta. Everyone has their own unique way of recognizing the historic and purposeful holiday. Celebration can come in many different forms and earlier this month, The Self Liberated Fine Art Exhibitionserved as a reflective, penetrating and purposeful reminder of why we gather to celebrate not only our ancestors, but each other.
The Caribbean, a place that is highly diverse, colorful and full of a wide variety of people from the African diaspora and other cultures around the world. In his exhibit “Rice & Beans,” Charlton Palmer, commonly known as CP the Artist, seeks to represent this diversity through a variety of paintings. From Barbados to Jamaica, and even Puerto Rico, CP depicts an array of beautiful people of African and indigenous descent in an attempt to give visibility to cultural similarities across the diaspora.
Have you ever wondered what a curator thinks about when preparing for an art show? How does she get everyone on the same accord? How is she able to articulate her vision to the artists involved—and put on a successful showcase?