Sat, Apr 01|
Reclaiming Faces Survivor Exhibit; Photographs by Chalana Brown
Opening reception for Dr. Khnuma Simmonds / H.O.P.E Inc. hosted exhibition of portraits by Chalana Brown curated by and for survivors of domestic violence in the USVI. FREE Event
Time & Location
Apr 01, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Frederiksted, 10 Strand St, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, USVI
About the Event
Intentionally launching on April 1st during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month in the year 2023 - the 175 Year of Emancipation in the U.S. Virgin Islands - this exhibition will unveil in the spirit of Sankofa (remembering the past to make progress in the future) as survivors share visual stories of healing from the past in hopes of reclaiming faces of empowerment for the future. Inspired by Chalana Brown's "Claiming Spaces: The African Story of the Sugar Mill" that lanched on V.I. Emancipation Day of 2021 at CMCArts, Reclaiming Faces is a continuation of anti-oppression, pro-healing and Afro-Caribbean emancipation work that is presented in the form of a photo exhibit curated by and for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The exhibit launch will also serve as a ceremony of gratitude and reveal of the research 'Caribbean Women, Music & Dance: Self-Expression and Intimate Partner Violence" - a dissertation study by Dr. Khnuma Simmonds.
The exhibit is being hosted by H.O.P.E. Incorporated - a project of the St. Croix Foundation which serves as the philanthropic branch of Girfriendism International that stands for Helping Ordinary People Everyday through the arts and creative expression and is co-hosted alongside Chalana Brown and CMCArts and made possible by survivors of the U.S. Virgin Islands.