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Unfadeable (adj.) possessing the grit to stand tall when the world wants to beat and ultimately, erase you.
“The centuries-long socioeconomic, political and racial atrocities enacted upon Black people in the world, and particularly in North America, have threatened to disparage and erode the very soul of a people. Miraculously, Black People have persevered–in spite of this living, breathing, and continued trauma. The Spirit of the people remains resilient and capable, compartmentalizing the horrid and yet, still absorbing the sweetness of life.
In standing tall, there is a refusal to accept erasure. There is space to embrace the truths of barbarity, however, we exercise the ability to be triumphant in the face of certain exclusion. Standing tall is more than a simple act of self-preservation. Unfadeable is a celebration of our most essential act of resistance: that is, to be Alive and to persist in joy.” – Columbia, SC Artist Cedric Umoja
Umoja was born in San Francisco and is now based out of Columbia, SC. The elements of Graffuturism, Neo-Expressionism, Afro-Surrealism, Comic sequential art, Japanese manga and Afrofuturism have played a role in his artistic development and can be found in his work. Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a Yale MFA and veteran fine artist, whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now famed New York School.
Unfadeable: The Spirit of The People will run from January 9-30, 2020. Umoja will present a Gallery Talk on January 9th at 6:00pm in the gallery followed by a reception from 6:30-8:00pm.
The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours are – Open Monday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00. Closed Saturdays and during school breaks.