College of Liberal Arts

#BLACKREPRESENTS: SEEN & UNSEEN: A Sunday Afternoon in Clarksville

Monday Jan 15, 2018 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM | The IDEA Lab, Gordon-White Building (GWB) 2.204

Featuring Works by Hakeem Adewumi & Celeste Henery

Curated by Stephanie L. Lang

The impact of the on-going displacement of historically Black communities—locally, nationally, and globally—is profound and timeless. Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Celeste Henery use photographs to exemplify this truth. Centered around Clarksville, a freedom community established in the early 1870’s in West Austin, images of former residents and their families, architectural remains, discarded household items, and historical buildings, honor what was left behind.

Curator Bio:

Stephanie L. Lang, is a proud 5th generation Austinite, writer and community organizer.  She is a passionate advocate for social justice and the ways it intersects specifically within the lives and narratives of Black Woman.  Ms. Lang hosts a radio show for the Warfield Center called ZUMBI on KAZI community radio. This program showcases the work of faculty, and community members focusing on bettering the lives of people of African descent. She is currently working on a book of fictional short stories set in Central Texas in the late 1800’s.

Photographers' Bio:

Hakeem Adewumi is a visual artist from Dallas, Texas who uses photography to re-present the intimate and evocative moments that exist within Black culture. He has travelled throughout the African diaspora to build a body of work that captures the beauty and joy of these communities rooted in the edifying power of Black self-expression. His work is informed by his personal and political identity intersecting at various points to shape a narrative that is provocative and affectionate. With a discerning eye, he aims to keep you seeing things you never expected to see; to keep you remembering things that are important to remember.                                                 

Celeste Henery is a cultural anthropologist who uses photography as part of her ethnographic work. Her research explores the intersections of race, gender, and health; specifically, what it means to feel well in a world of inequalities. Dr. Henery received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she currently works as a Research Associate. Her writing on black women’s health in Brazil has been published in various academic journalsand is the subject of her forthcoming book manuscript, The Singing Cure, an intimate ethnography of black Brazilian women’s healing in the second half of life. These women were also the photographic subjects of her exhibition, My Life Behind the Window (2010). In addition to her academic work, Dr. Henery conducts oral histories for the Texas After Violence Project, works as a mitigation specialist for death-sentenced individuals, and is a monthly contributor to Black Perspectives


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