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The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies’ GalleryDAAS presents:

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” -George Washington Carver, scientist

Earthseed: Afrofuturistic Visions

This exhibit was inspired by the concept of Afrofuturism and its presence at the University of Michigan.“Afrofuturism is an intersection of imagination, technology, the future, and liberation. “I generally define Afrofuturism as a way of imagining possible futures through a black cultural lens,” says Ingrid LaFleur, an art curator, and Afrofuturist.― Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture 2013

Reflected in the life and works of such figures as Octavia Butler, Sojourner Truth, Sun Ra, and Janelle Monáe, Afrofuturism was coined by Mark Dery in 1993 but birthed in the minds of enslaved Africans who prayed for their lives and the lives of their descendants along the horrific Middle Passage. Taylor Crumpton “Afrofuturism Has Always Looked Forward” Architectural Digest 8.24.2020

Curators: Elizabeth James and Danielle Williams

Curatorial Assistance: Chanelle Davis, Shivangi Puthiyedath, Sadaf Inamdar

Design: Helen Garbarino


About GalleryDAAS

GalleryDAAS exhibits contemporary black visual art. Collaborating with artists, curators, critics and art historians as well as with DAAS/U-M faculty and students, the gallery celebrates and interrogates the creativity of artists of Africa and its diasporas, not only in our exhibitions, but through our artist residency program and by offering gallery-based learning opportunities for DAAS and the broader U-M community.

GalleryDAAS presents two to three exhibitions a year during the fall and winter semesters. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Haven Hall in Room G648.

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