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Gina Washington: Universal Child
Gina Washington’s Visual Art Examines Black American Identity through Nursery Rhymes
Gina Washington’s exhibition, Universal Child, explores fairytales and children’s stories passed through generations that have supplanted an illusion of “American identity” and the understanding of the Black experience. Universal Child uncovers the connections between lore and how to survive, and examines the notion of “identity” within a society full of contradictions. Namely, a nation on the cusp of understanding systemic racism as a public health crisis yet continuing to bury the truth of its history.
Washington creates images to illustrate the children’s poem “Monday’s Child” using large-scale canvases of family portraits, collages, hand-weaving, screenprinting, and embedded augmented reality. A deeply personal and universal appeal to the viewer, Washington’s show not only speaks to a perpetuated narrative of inclusive exclusion but ultimately to acceptance of oneself through the understanding that certain ideals are unattainable outside of one’s culture.
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191 King James Way, Akron, OH 44308
Parking is available on the street or in the connected Summit County Parking Garage. Akron Soul Train Gallery is located in the Ohio Building.
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