The “Black On Black” exhibition in on view at American Tobacco Campus in Durham inside the Reed Building Lobby at 318 Blackwell Street. Sponsored by ArtsNow, “Black On Black” is in partnership with VAE Raleigh. See the exhibition until April 30.
We spotlight each artist to give a glimpse of who they are and what led them to this exhibition. More “Black On Black” participating artists.
Note: The exhibition originally appeared VAE Raleigh in 2016.
Jamila R. Davenport | Durham
Went to school at: Savannah College of Art & Design.
Major: Graphic design.
Types of work you produce: Documentary photography, multimedia and film.
Art is… Communication of the heart, mind and consciousness.
Why art matters? Art matters due to its ability to allow expression and thought to the viewer that can expose them to things completely different from their own lives. That perspective may then radically change a person’s everything or cause an empathetic view to shape within them.
One word that describes you as an artist: OMNI: of all things.
Your muse: People’s perspectives and personal stories.
Person who has inspired you or sums up your art: Jeanne Hopkins Lucas.
If I weren’t an artist I’d be a: Professional liaison.
Why you wanted to participate in this exhibition: The last several years has caused an awakening not just of myself being African-American, but for America period. Though I believe my perspective of what it means to be black is uniquely individual, it also reflects the thoughts of others in the multiplex of my race, heritage, culture, community and world. Due to this, I want to add my voice and others that are similar showing the vast complexities of being an African-American to the conversation.
…I want to add my voice and others that are similar showing the vast complexities of being an African-American to the conversation.
Ultimate goal: Becoming a multimedia documentarian producing, creating and curating stories of people that both expose and inspire people to be uniquely themselves.