A Dazzling Exhibition of Black Emerging Artists Mixes Newly Minted Stars With Recent Art-School Graduates—Discover Their Work Here

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Installation view,
Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

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BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSMS
CFHILL Art Space
Stockholm, Sweden

What the curator says: “There isn’t so much of a ‘theme’ for the show; the common threads are the links, cultural or otherwise, that we find throughout the African diaspora, ways in which we connect and differ, or come together to bridge gaps,” says curator Destinee Ross. “The diaspora is global, and so is the conversation. Each of us have a unique way to gather inspiration, and from our lives and worlds, communicate it. Showing a wide range of opinions, voices, and countless expressions of beauty is essential in a world where compassion and connection is needed now more than ever.

Sometimes, simply being black is seen as more or less than what it ideally is. Some see it as a threat, some as a point of joy and honor. Blackness can be a polarizing and sometimes controversial thing to be or support. Supporting blackness—in art, or in life—can oftentimes take courage and dedication.”

Why it’s worth a look: In this group show organized by New York-based Ross, work by 31 artists serves to offer a small but dynamic snapshot of creative production in the global black community. Some of the artists are in the midst of a meteoric rise, like Vienna-based Amoako Boafo and London-based Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, while others are recent graduates of art school beginning to make their way in the art world.

Installed in a stately building in Stockholm, the CFHill Art Space might seem like a space more suited to Old Masters than upstart painters, as Ross acknowledges in her curatorial statement. But the entire show was born out of a realization that new art can pop up in unlikely places. Ross said she never imagined what a diverse and robust art scene Sweden had until she visited, prompting her to curate this show as an ode to black artists all over the world.

What it looks like:

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Amoako Boafo, <i>White Cap</i> (2020). Courtesy the artist, Mariane Ibrahim, and Roberts Projects.

Amoako Boafo, White Cap (2020). Courtesy the artist, Mariane Ibrahim, and Roberts Projects.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Delphine Desane, <i>Journeyin’ to Utopia I</i> (2020). Courtesy of the artist and CFHill.

Delphine Desane, Journeyin’ to Utopia I (2020). Courtesy of the artist and CFHill.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Collins Obijiaku, <i>Untitled</i> (2020), left and right. Courtesy of the artist and CFHill Art Space.

Collins Obijiaku, Untitled (2020), left and right. Courtesy of the artist and CFHill Art Space.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

David Shrobe, Known Soldier (2019). Courtesy the artist and CFHill Art Space.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, "BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM" at CFHill, Sweden.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Patrick Quarm, <i>EBELLA</i> (2020). Courtesy of the artist and CFHill.

Patrick Quarm, EBELLA (2020). Courtesy of the artist and CFHill.

Installation view, “BLACK VOICES / BLACK MICROCOSM” at CFHill, Sweden.

Rashaad Newsome, Lift off (2019) and detail. Courtesy of the artist and CFHill.


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