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Gina Washington: Universal Child

Presented by Akron Soul Train at Akron Soul Train, Akron OH

Jan 05 2024
Feb 10 2024
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


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