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Artist of Color Show Us the Mirror They See Themselves in This World

June 1, 2018


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The artists in this slideshow are Julio Valdez, Edmonia “Wildfire” Lewis,  Ebony Iman Dallas, Nick Galanin,  Aaron Paquatte, Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, and Tim Nyugen.  They represent Southeast Asian, First Nation, Latino, and black American visual artists who reflect a consciousness message needed for our YOC in today’s society.

The artist of color in this slideshow are combined with historical and contemporary names. It is important to include visual own-voice artists from the major groups of color that our YOC exists in.  We sometimes forget Southeast Asians and First Nations.  It is more critical now than ever that our youth not only see themselves in the literature we provide them, but become aware of other groups of color and see how the artists who are members of the groups of color see themselves in the spectrum.  I included in this post an example of the artists I am personally drawn to from the manner in which they interpret the reflections of themselves and their own which is in sepia textures.  It is important to provide our youth with artists who live and breathe in the world today.  When we only feed them historical examples, our narrative is saying “it used to be” instead of “it is.”

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  1. June 4, 2018 1:15 pm

    Edmonia Lewis was the first sculptor to celebrate the emancipation of slave women.

    • June 12, 2018 6:47 pm

      Thank you for the additional information. She was first to do several things in the art world. Not enough is being written about her. Her LGBTQ status should not be the issue, since just about every person in her circle delved into one identity or the other and everyone knew about it. So, I am perplexed by the silence towards E.

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