Exhibition promotes history, unity

Ten black women will lead the awakening.

“The Awakening: Revolutionary Women in Art” was curated by Tomiqua Perry, the idea being to bring together visual artists and spoken word artists and have each make one work in both mediums in order “to stretch and take them out of their comfort zones,” Perry said.

The project is also a bit of a history lesson, the works providing “a timeline of the African-American race, a journey of the African diaspora,” Perry said. By calling attention to this history, Perry hopes to cultivate conversations about social justice, unity in the face of adversity and the role of the creative community in a time of distinct division.

“The work is powerful, challenging and uplifting. Art is supposed to do that,” Perry said.

The Vanderelli Room will host a closing program on Sunday, May 28, featuring live poetry and music performances.