#ForTheCulture (Curatorial Project)

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Exhibition at Miami Beach Urban Studios


Chris Friday curated #ForTheCulture inn February of 2020at Miami Beach Urban Studios, which featured art from local artists as well as several artists from Chautauqua:  Ashante Kindle, Chelsey Luster, Khari Turner, Jessica Oler and Taisha Carrington all participated in this show which ran for about a month before the Covid shut-down. To do something “For the culture" is a phrase commonly used by the Black community as a way of recognizing, promoting and celebrating Black excellence in everyday life. In simple terms it means to take actions that benefit the community. This exhibition questions the collective role of Black artists and allies alike in the dialogue surrounding Black culture and what it means to “do it for the culture”.  The artists themselves come from various places, local and abroad, have different levels of formal and fine arts training and come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. The hashtag (#) in the title of this exhibition refers to a type of metadata tag used on social media networks such as Twitter and Instagram that allows users to easily find messages with a specific theme or content. Mimicking the results one might return when searching #ForTheCulture on social media, the works presented here were curated through the use of social media.

About this Artist

Chris Friday

Chris Friday

Chris Friday is a multidisciplinary artist based in Miami.   Her work serves as both a contemplative reflection of and counter-narrative to the pervasive under/misrepresentations of Blackness in mainstream media and popular culture. Friday’s portfolio features large-scale works on paper, murals, video, ceramics, projections, photography, comic illustrations, and social practice/activism through curating.  Friday’s work has been included in exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions such as “Good Times” curated by Laura Novoa and presented at Oolite Arts (2023), “One More River” presented at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and her work as part of “The Cartography Project” presented by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (2022).  Friday has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants, including being a South Arts Southern Prize and State fellowship recipient for the State of Florida (2023), receiving a Knight Foundation “Knights Champion” support grant (2022), a “The Ellies” Creator award from Oolite Arts (2021), the…
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