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Makeba Rainey -Supporting Black Liberation Movements


Rainey is an up and coming visual artist who’s state

d mission is to “sell enough art to fund Black Liberation movements.”

I love that she understands how the work that Black artists do is a collective, and important work for the culture. Artists are essential to Black culture.

The artist statement: “By centering her work around social justice, specifically in regard to Black Americans, community becomes the key to liberation. Her artwork taps into aspects of the Black community, merging the old with the new by re-envisioning the ancestors through new media and creating space for young creatives to build and sustain themselves. Although a lot of her work is local to Harlem, she creates bonds with the larger Black community through her web-based artist collective incorporating the themes of social justice movements like Black Lives Matter.”

Her bright and inspired work explores social justice elements of Black Liberation movements, merging the old with the new by re-envisioning ancestors through new media. In a unique process of cutting, layering and building new forms from original photographs, Makeba asks us to look at contemporary and historical icons from a different angle; to recognize their inherent potential and contribution to Black culture. As she re-imagines President Obama and Malcolm X in African wax prints, she reconnects them to the continent. https://www.absolutart.com/us/artist/makeba-keebs-rainey/

Check her out on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TviWKF-YC2U

And some of her work on Essence Magazine @essence

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