Exhibitions

Unbound Roots exhibition videos

Curated by Alie Jones and Toshia ChristalUnbound 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.

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

Acceptance refers to self-acceptance, the collective, and the necessary healing of the African diaspora community.

Jordi Phi
Odes, 2019
Video
4:22 minutes

Queens D. Light
Flavor of Green, 2019
Video
3:30 minutes

BlackLifeMagic & Bobbi Kindred
BlackCarnation
Video
8:30 minutes

Tajianna Okechukwu
Flexin’ My Complexion
Video
3 minutes

Alie Jones
Floral Refractions, 2020
Video
9:08 minutes

LIBERATION

Liberation explores manifestation practices, reflects on seeds of resistance and unpacks structural and historical blockages.

Jada George
Testing 123, 2019
Video
5:33 minutes

Candice Antique
Nappy, 2017
Video
4:24 minutes

Jordi Phi
ASSATA
Video
8:10 minutes

Adrina Fanore
Astral, 2018
Video
9:57 minutes

Image credit: Portrait of artist Jordi Phi, photography by Agne Bak
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