The Belletrix Exhibit: Multimedia Expressions of Black Womanhood celebrates the Black woman and her battle for the sanctity of family, femininity, life, identity and existence. Through image, sound and word, Belletrix (woman warrior) explores notions of representation and purpose, acknowledging the war and celebrating the beauty of the warrior. This group exhibition features works by Sophia Dawson, Lehna Huie, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Jennifer Crute, Andia Winslow and Monique Walton along with a special performance by RadhaMUSprime.
Join us for the opening reception, Thursday, March 13th, 7pm to 9pm at RAW SPACE Culture Gallery. This event will feature a brief performance by RadhaMUSprime, an artist talk and a reception. Admission is complimentary. Please RSVP.
Painter, Creator, Expressionist
“I study the story of my people … Black People.”
Sophia has given speeches, testimonies and lectures to youth and her peers about her experience as a young black artist and woman. In her talks, she educates on recent black history and emphasizes the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve one’s goals. Through her art, she aims to raise awareness on the struggles of oppressed people throughout history.
Her art has been featured in the Brooklyn Museum, Corridor Gallery, and the Fountain Art Fair 2013. She has also been published in Say it Loud magazine. Celebrities such as Lil’Mama and Tisha Campbell-Martin own her work in their collections.
Artist, Painter, Curator, Educator
“Expression is the home in that land we call Freedom.”
Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary fine artist, arts educator, and cultural worker. Drawn from the rhythms and movements of the African Diaspora, New York City life, and the essence of her ancestral Caribbean homeland of Jamaica, Huie’s work is infused with poetry, painting, and visual and media art forms reflecting the energy of diverse diaspora movements encompassing a medley of struggle, solidarity and triumph.
As a teaching artist to students of all ages and curator of socially conscious art exhibitions, Huie’s practice maintains the focus of “storying” by recording life and memory through artistic expression.
Huie is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (BFA’10) with a specialization in Painting and Studio Arts.
Photographer, Artist, Educator
“The human identity is a broad and complex entity”.
Delphine Fawundu-Buford is best known for her critically acclaimed photograph Patiently Waiting which graced the cover of the book Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers and was used to promote the accompanying exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
A cultural anthropologist at heart and a world traveler, Deplphine has visited Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Spain, Egypt, Jamaica, Holland, England and Cuba which helped create imagery that documents and celebrates a multitude of cultures.
In 2010, she received a grant to produce a mini-documentary and solo photography exhibition titled, “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home: A Community Faces Gentrification,” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She also produced a media campaign and solo traveling exhibition for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis titled: “Touched: Black & Latina Women Living with HIV.”
Mrs. Fawundu-Buford’s documentary-styled photography has also been featured in, the following books (to name a few): Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G by Cheo Hodari Coker (Vibe Books, 2004), Black: A Celebration of Culture by Deborah Willis (Hylas Publishing, 2004) and Enduring Visions: Women’s Artistic Heritage Around the World by Abby Remer (Davis Publications, 2001).
Ms. Fawundu-Buford’s work has been exhibited in several notable exhibitions including Only Skin Deep sponsored by the International Center of Photography, and Engulfed by Katrina: Photographs Before and After the Storm curated by photography scholar Deborah Willis.
Woman; Artist; Cartoonist
“You have to put a jester hat on any oppressor—be that oppressor a person, a group or your own mind.”
Jennifer Cruté’s works are honest and self-reflective…her black woman’s point of view. She started writing comics in 2003 and since then, has been featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called “KAPOW! The New Comic Book Heroines”; at the East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention (ECBACC), her strips were nominated for “best rising star” in it’s Glyph Comic Awards (GCA) category; her cartoons were featured in “BITCH” magazine’s 2009 winter issue and 2012 fall issue.
She was a finalist in Lambda Legal’s “Life Without Fair Courts” contest. Her comics have been on display in the “She’s Got The Right Stuff” and “For The Love Of Comics” shows at the Medialia Gallery in New York City.
Jennifer is also a painter and continues to develop a body of work in oil and mixed media. She has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA) museum in Brooklyn; the Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; and the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn.
Jennifer had her first one-woman show at Bennett Studios in Manhattan with her erotic “Yvette” series (eroticyvette.blogspot.com). She also works as a freelance illustrator (www.jennifercrute.com).
Monique Walton & Andia Winslow
Monique Walton and Andia Winslow are a production duo who first found their collaborative stride as college seniors at Yale University. Their documentary film Still Black, at Yale (2004) was selected for inclusion at over thirty international film festivals, higher education conferences, museums and major research universities. Walton and Winslow work to use film as a visual meditation on notions of identity, belonging and engagement. In 2013, their cinematic wellness movement,The Fit Cycle, was recognized globally —in print, online and on TV— with Forbes calling their work the “Smartest, Sexiest Workout Videos Ever.” Their short films Laundromat Workout, En Route (Subway) Workout, and Kids! are inspired by art and music and use the social currency of fitness to empower viewers to make the most of what they have to live more active and engaged lives. In addition, Walton and Winslow partnered with the American Heart Association to create wellness video content as part of the Go Red for Women campaign that seeks to educate about heart disease prevention and research. Their newest initiative, Legacy Workout, serves as an intersection between fitness, education and art and is a living experiment in kinetic storytelling.
After her undergraduate studies, Walton produced educational on-air and web videos for Nickelodeon / Viacom and continued on to receive her Film MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. She has directed and produced numerous short documentary and narrative films and is the recipient of film festival awards and artists grants including the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund grant and the Dina Scherzer Documentary award. Walton leads youth media skills training with the Black Media Council in Austin, TX and lends her talent to various non-for-profit and community based organizations. Winslow continued on to become a Professional Golfer —in 2006, only the fourth African American to ever compete in a LPGA Tour event— and Fitness Activist. As an elite athlete, she trained with Olympic Hall of Fame Track & Field Coach Brooks Johnson and was talented identified to join the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation in preparation for the Winter Olympics. Her innovative work, philanthropy and wellness ambassadorship has been widely featured and she is a highly sought after speaker and coach.
RadhaMUSprime, The 40‐Year‐Old Version: A Mixtape is the brainchild of New York native and award‐winning Playwright Radha Blank. The mixtape, is an original, self-produced Hip Hop/Comedy mash‐up of dope beats, catchy hooks and thought provoking rhymes‐ a precursor to her forthcoming mocumentary web series of the same name.
The series will launch in 2015. While the series will showcase Radha’s acting, writing and directing talents, the mixtape and live show, showcases Radha’s skills as an emcee and provocateur. With the brash, braggadocious wit of Ghost Face and the raunchy, self deprecating tone of Moms Mabley, RadhaMUSprime answers a crucial question: where is the overweight, undersexed, overworked, underpaid, single, 40‐Year‐Old Black Woman’s voice in Hip Hop? RIGHT CHERE YO! RadhaMUSprime speaks unapologetic ‘troof to power’ on everything from sex, dating and aging, to race, immigration and body acceptance. She often performs with DJ Jahmedicine, her trusty sound God and eye candy ‘fo da ladies’.
The Belletrix Exhibit was curated by Moikgantsi Kgama, Founder and Executive Director of ImageNation with Executive Producer, Gregory Gates and coordinated by Project Emerge Curatorial Associate, Shané Tate.
A Film by Nailah Jefferson
Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a generations-old community of African-American fishermen fight for justice, accountability and their way of life. Nailah Jefferson’s VANISHING PEARLS chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe a la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast. The filmmaker delves into the worst environmental disaster in American history just as news cameras leave the scene of the crime. While 49 Million barrels of oil settle in the once vibrant coastal waters, this community of African-American fishermen fight for their existence. An AFFRM film released by Array Releasing with support from NYC AFFRM partners ImageNation Cinema Foundation and Urbanworld Film Festival.