Black Women as Cornerstone of Culture Exhibit Featuring All Black Women Artists Opens at Scarab Club – CBS Detroit

(CBS DETROIT)– Through works of art, sculptures and even artifacts, each piece featured in the exhibition “The Work of Our Hands: Black Women as a Cornerstone of Culture” tells a story.

“We are so diverse, there are so many different shades of black people and the women on this show represent all different schools of thought, all different approaches to telling our individual stories,” said Carl Wilson, curator of “The Work of Our Exhibition of Hands.

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Wilson says the exhibit, which was inspired by her mother, a strong black woman, features 9 female artists from Detroit, like Sabrina Nelson, who uses her creativity to educate people about the struggles of black women.

“I’m just talking about the killing of black and brown children and how they’re not valued in this community, in this world, in this nation, so they’re easily expendable,” said Sabrina Nelson, who describes herself as an “artivist”. Artist and Activist.

Nelson says her main piece depicts the black mother who must face the impossibility of burying her child.

Another piece she has may appear to be just a black dress, but it also tells a story, which is not only unique to her grandmother who owned it.

“How she was really breaking down on the inside, she had a lot of trauma and most women of color who live in urban areas like Detroit, like Philadelphia, like DC like Chicago, go through a lot,” Nelson said. .

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Including having the opportunity to leave your mark on history.

In more than 100 years of existence, this is the first all-black, all-female display at the Scarab Art Club in the Detroit Cultural Center.

“It’s kind of shocking to me to think that in 2022 we’ll still have these kinds of firsts, but I’m still so excited to be able to be a part of it,” said artist Mandisa Smith.

The Work of Our Hands: Black Women as a Cornerstone of Culture art exhibition opens at the Scarab Club located at 217 Farnsworth Street on Friday, February 4, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.. The exhibition will run from February 4 to February 26, 2022.

For more information, please visit ScarabClub.org online or by phone at 313-831-1250.

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