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Local Voices S3 E7: See Black Womxn

Hear from Angela Hennessy and Tahirah Rasheed, co-founders of the Bay Area artist collective See Black Womxn. Through art and theory, See Black Womxn, are telling their own stories as well as their communities in order to recognize and affirm the beauty, diversity, and complexity of Black Womxn and their aesthetic traditions.

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“See Black Womxn, Hear Black Womxn, Trust Black Womxn, Love Black Womxn, Protect Black Womxn, Pay Black Womxn”

See Black Womxn are a Bay Area collective of artists, activists, curators and writers raised on Black feminist theory. They are a platform for self-representation free from stereotypical tropes of Black Women countering narratives that undermine the expression of our diversity.

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary art. Through writing, studio work, and performance, her practice questions assumptions about Death and the Dead themselves.

Tahirah Rasheed is an artrepreneur and co-founder of “Fresh Made Productions” (arts content promotion and production), and See Black Women. See Black Women is a new venture focusing on triumph over the twin parallels of invisibility and hypervisibility of black women through a magazine dedicated to elevating the work of black women, political campaigns, and events. As an internationally traveled Disc Jockey, former lab assistant, and published researcher, Tahirah lends her many talents and experiences to each venture in service of community. 

Learn more about See Black Womxn and their upcoming projects

Credits in order:

Tahirah Rasheed’s Breonna Taylor installation, Courtesy of CARe/Doug Adams Gallery
Outside view of Tahirah Rasheed’s Breonna Taylor installation, Courtesy of SheBendsNeon

About Local Voices

Local Voices is a new podcast series from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco designed to celebrate art and Bay Area creativity. Local Voices highlights unique perspectives from Bay Area visual artists, musicians, scholars, community leaders, and thinkers aimed to reframe exhibitions and collections through relevant and local narratives. Through these diverse access points, we welcome the Bay Area community and beyond to engage in meaningful and inspiring narratives.