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    tran-scending time transcending time

    — vol. i



    As alchemists, we reimagine what race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion look like in the future.

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    Visual · March 9, 2019

    Daddy, baby, ghost



    "Daddy, baby, ghost" is a collection of self-portraits that illustrate the possibility of the black female body being placed in positions of divinity and power without backlash. The images relate to the theme of "Transcending Time" where they make reference to religious renaissance images while comparing them to the present and future of black womanhood. The collection in a way is saying "What if black women were seen as the holy beings that we are? What if we are able to own our own greatness?" When healing from trauma is decentralized, we become the divine beings that we were created to be and we are recognized as such.

    Being a dark skinned black woman in a world that does not acknowledge my greatness and condemns me when I speak about it is what parallels the meaning of this piece. I live my life with an understanding that because of what I look like, I am perceived and treated a certain way and thus will suffer in certain ways. In these images the figures exist with both pain and acceptance. They know that they are not loved, they understand what will happen, but they know who they are and they know their own greatness. In a way they are saying “I am ready for what who I am will bring me.”

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    Arit Emmanuela Etukudo

    Arit Emmanuela Etukudo is a Nigerian-American multi-media creator whose work is born and exists in layers. Like the face, it aims to be in control of all the senses. By creating symbol heavy work her objective is to shape what is breathed in, seen, felt, understood and digested by the audience. Her practice focuses on ideas of self and identity.

    She uses forms of herself to throw the audience into a space where they are asked to recognize themselves in the image of someone else. This choice is to extract the ideas of multiple identities existing within an individual person. Her work points the finger at the viewers and asks them how it is that they choose to understand these extractions. She also uses her physical body in the work to recreate herself in art, a space she felt her body was not welcomed. By doing so, she forces the audience to acknowledge her existence and confront their own private thoughts of what type of bodies are allowed to exist in art”.



    This story is part of Transcending Time, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Transcending Time

    “Transcending Time” is a voyage into a future where Black identity is unfettered by a predetermined architecture. It is a visualization exercise exploring the texture, pattern, sound and rhythm of Black possibility. Who do we become when healing from trauma is decentralized? We are creating a ceremony of self-authorization. We are giving ourselves permission to reimagine what was, what is and what can be.

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    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

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    Returning Home

    Returning Home

    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

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