Kennedy Heights Arts Center is excited to announce the latest Call to Artists for Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care. Curated by Cincinnati artist and activist Asha the Artist, this exhibition will feature works from invited local artists, as well as selections solicited from this open call for visual artworks. This exhibition aims to weave a narrative of hope, resilience, and solidarity through diverse visual artworks that delve into the transformative power of Radical Black Love, exploring its historical roots, contemporary manifestations, and the activists who embody it.
Curator Asha the Artist remarks on what she hopes to see in submissions:
“I anticipate artworks for Hearts of Liberation that beautifully capture the multifaceted nature of love—be it romantic, familial, platonic, or beyond. I encourage artists to delve into the exploration of love throughout time, illustrating its evolution in response to the ever-changing needs of society, both in the past and present. The exhibited works have the potential to shine a spotlight on activists, organizers, and everyday heroes whose invaluable contributions often go unnoticed. Together, these pieces will intricately weave a narrative of hope, resilience, and solidarity within the Black community, demonstrating the transformative power of love.”
Submissions will be accepted for consideration until the end of the day Monday, March 4, 2024.
Download this PDF for complete details and instructions on how to submit.
Why this exhibition is important to Asha the Artist: “In my creative practice, I’ve often scrutinized systems that neglect the needs of marginalized communities. This exhibition represents a deliberate pause—an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable ways in which, despite pervasive systemic inequities, the Black community actively fosters love, care, and support for one another. Through this curated collection, I aim to recognize the profound significance of collective care as an independent act of resistance within the ongoing struggle for visibility, acknowledgment, protection, and love from the world at large.”
Participating invited artists include: Nytaya Babbitt, Michael Coppage, Asa Featherstone, Terence Hammonds, Jimi Jones, Magnus Juliano, and Ryene Smith.
Hearts of Liberation: A Celebration of Radical Black Love as Collective Care will be on view from May 4 to June 29, 2024 in the Kennedy Gallery, located at 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213. The public is invited to the Opening Reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6-8pm. Free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.