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the art of BLACK war

solo exhibition of Mere Watson

february 9 - march 1st, 2024
crown heights cafe (brooklyn, ny)
teddy recently curated his first nyc based exhibition featuring the work of emerging Haitian American visual artist Mere Watson.  

"the art of BLACK war" stands as a powerful testament to the resilience, creativity, and strength embedded in the intersection of Black history and Black peoples perpetual dance with conflict. this exhibition unearths the multifaceted relationship between art and war within the Black experience—from internal battles fought with unwavering courage to external struggles against oppressive systems and injustice. from the arrival of Black individuals on american soil in 1619 to the Haiti revolutionary war of 1791, a timeline marked by persistent resistance and unwavering determination, the narrative unfolds through the lens of art. the canvases tell stories of wars waged within Black people (both spiritual and psychological), the external fight against systemic injustices, and the intricacies of interpersonal battles within gendered bodies. each piece skillfully captures the strategic navigation of adversity, inviting viewers to witness the triumphs and tribulations of a community that has not only survived but thrived amidst the ongoing battlefield of existence. "the art of BLACK war" solo exhibition by Mere Watson is a poignant exploration of the indomitable spirit that continues to shape the vibrant experience of diasporic Black culture.

Photography: Daniel Stewart

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