Afrofuturism, in fashion, refers to a conceptual framework that combines elements of Afrofuturism, an artistic and cultural movement centered on imagining Black futures, with the lens of gay and queer identity (as in this photo).
I imagine this piece as Africans being returning to Earth after millennia of evolution outside of our space/time. It's called "What if".
This piece is simply a black woman whose features and style are so “eye” catching that any other person may find it strange or unusual. but [they are] really something so beautiful that many black people have had for generations. This piece also includes the third eye which means it takes us to a place of higher consciousness and enlightenment. It is also associated with intuition, insight, and mysticism. I wanted to include all that in this piece because it is definitely something that has had a big impact on the future for many years.
One of the key components of Afrofuturism is Black people being able to reclaim space. The importance of reclaiming space is essential to our imagination in creating a reality that was never meant for us. Black people have been taught to fear the unknown due to the color of our skin. This has greatly limited our imagination and [kept us from] exploring the vastness of space within and around. This piece encourages us to explore the unknown, travel far and wide, and to pioneer missions.
Produced in partnership with Front Porch Arts Center, is a storytelling performance centering the voices of West Side residents. For this program, Front Porch Arts Center partners with elders of Bethel New Life and the Residents Orchestrate Project to showcase narrative storytelling with musical scores by Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra Members. Featuring storytellers Gloria Brown, Ms. Scales, Elder T. Shanklin and Chicago Sinfonietta orchestra members Karla Galva and Edith Yokley.
Our monthly series, Westside Stories, is a public open mic for Westside residents and artists to gather in a communal storytelling forum that celebrates the Black oral tradition and the intergenerational nature of the front porch. These narratives will eventually be housed in an online archive.
In response to the aftermath related to the protests of George Floyd's murder, Front Porch Arts Center launched the Westside Mural Project. Within the movement to beautify boarded-up businesses post-protest, we saw few painted storefronts in Westside neighborhoods and recognized the importance of creating permanent public art in exaltation of voices and artists from Out West. We plan to both celebrate Westsiders’ historical and cultural narratives through art while adding to community beautification.
Our walls include:
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