Feb 09

Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep Art Exhibition

Friday

February 09, 2024

06:00 pm

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In the sacred space of "Every Shut Eye Ain't Sleep," artists Ori Jai and BLKMRKT invite you to traverse the corridors of a Black family home, not as mere spectators but as honored guests. This joint exhibition is a testament to the profound narrative that unfolds within the walls of these homes — a narrative that speaks to the vastness of Black identity, the resilience of familial/communal bonds, and the interplay between the seen and the unseen.

Within the carefully curated spaces of this exhibition, Ori Jai and BLKMRKT draw inspiration from the multifaceted beings of the Black experience, starting with where the heart is, the home. Watching yo back' has new meaning when you have something to lose. As gallery viewers step into the model of a “home”, each room a different room of the house; we are confronted with layers of history, vernacular laced culture and identity that have been woven into the very fabric of the domestic setting/the genetic tapestry. Each room becomes a gateway, inviting contemplation on the everyday moments that shape the Black experience. 

BLKMRKT's masterful use of mixed media and fine art techniques breathes life into the forgotten corners of these rooms, while Ori Jai's invoking photography and mixed media pieces capture the essence of individuals who have weathered the storms of time and came out triumphant.  Together, they present a narrative that goes beyond the surface, delving into the complexities of identity and the rich weaving of stories that define the Black experience.

Through this joint exhibition, Ori Jai and BLKMRKT invite you to journey beyond the threshold of perception, where every shut eye indeed awakens to the vibrant threads of Blackness that weave through the collective soul of a people.