Unbound Roots exhibition videos
Curated by Alie Jones and Toshia Christal, Unbound Roots challenges the self-care industry by expanding discussions around Black wellness practices rooted in mental, spirituality, and community care. Unbound Roots transcend through acceptance, pleasure, and liberation providing a safe space that encourages individual awareness, generational healing, and high vibratory engagements.
Through SOMArts’ Curatorial Residency program, this multidisciplinary exhibition affirms that healing practices are grounded in ancestral lineages, nature, and meaningful relationships that challenge dominant narratives and commodification of “wellness”. By evoking the metaphor of the tree to explore intergenerational healing, Unbound Roots holds space for Black community members who have been conditioned to believe that healing was not for them.
Installed and scheduled to open just before the shelter in place ordinance in March 2020, the videos below would have been on view in the Main Gallery.
Acceptance refers to self-acceptance, the collective, and the necessary healing of the African diaspora community.
Liberation explores manifestation practices, reflects on seeds of resistance and unpacks structural and historical blockages.