Cassandre Charles: ‘Self-Portrait’ at Assembly Row

Artist Statement: Representation of the Black artists in global art history. The words ‘diversity and inclusion’ are hot key-words for institutions, but how do the decisions to include our contributions to American art history happen if we do not share ourselves? Retracing traditional and contemporary methods to display my own portraits both created by my hands and other artists’ is exhausting and exhilarating. The decision to be the only subject had to be when I finally felt that I was grounded enough in my physical and mental health to process, make and exhibit works that reflect my consciousness of the scale and size of defining moments in my own life that are on the table for discussion with others seeking to uphold and nurture the black artist.

Sat., July 30 4pm-7pm

Cassandre Charles

‘Self-Portrait’

ArtAssembled @Assembly Row

495 Artisan Way, Somerville, MA 02145

This work is supported by the Somerville Arts Council ArtAssembled Residency Fellowship, The Black Arts Sanctuary and Monkeyhouse.

4:00 – 6:00 Open Gallery

6:00-6:20 PM – Film Showing, ‘This Black Artist, A Digital Visual Journal’

6:30-6:50 – Artist Mini-Talk

6:50 – 7:00 – Gratitude in the Body, Community Embodiment

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