Opening Reception: Jamea Richmond Edwards / Leonardo Benzant

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The N'Namdi Center is proud to present two new exhibitions opening Friday Nov. 6, 2015.

JAMEA RICHMOND-EDWARDS
"The Cost of Making Her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom II"
(Black Box Gallery)

Bio:
Detroit-bred Jamea Richmond-Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art degree from Jackson State University in 2004 where she studied painting and drawing. She went on to earn a MFA from Howard University in 2012.

Artist Statement:
"In 'The Cost of Making her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom II' women seeking refuge from personal struggles and oppression, find peace and comfort in a world concealed in darkness. They dwell in a dream-like existence, a place that is both eerie and ethereal. By day, they are invisible to “non-believers” those who fail to acknowledge their potential and gifts. By night, they convene under the enigmatic night sky to commune in ritual and celebration while drawing strength from their ancestors. [...]"

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LEONARDO BENZANT
"The Cosmology of Resistance and Transformation"*
(Rose Gallery)

Bio:
Leonardo Benzant lives and works in New York City. He graduated from Pratt University in 2010.

Artist Statement:
"My practice is driven by my connection to the trans African-Atlantic diaspora. I recognize both my ties and disjunction from an ancestral past by considering the possibilities of genetic imprints, cultural identification, innate and intuitive beliefs and a conscious seeking of links that reveal continuities that are hidden or largely unsuspected by the mainstream. I imagine myself as an Urban Shaman exploring both my familiar visible world and the hidden dimensions of other realms that lurk beneath the surface of daily life. The sense of personal cosmology in my practice grows from both experiencing and observing the details of everyday life and ritual. Artworks emerge out of the crossroads of life, history, memory and imagination, a place between that suggest multiple layers of meaning. Inspiration is derived, in part, from the various modes of communication that I have studied and encountered in African-derived rituals. [...]"

*This is the exhibition that was postponed in September.

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CONTINUING:
Simbi Dzebasa: Four Contemporary Artists from Zimbabwe
Curated by Chido Johnson
(Main Gallery)

Exhibitions will be on display through Jan. 2, 2016
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By: N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art

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