In their upcoming exhibition, The Future is (Black) Femme, opening Friday September 22nd at ATYPE gallery in New York City, curators Jessica Pettway, Josette Roberts, and Miranda Barnes celebrate the visual identity of fifteen young artists. “Within our communities as Black artists," they write, "we bare the honor (sometimes burden) of cultivating imagery that accompanies the rich spirit that lies within us all.” These words from the curators echo the strength of the imagery collected in the show. The exhibition, which includes works from Makeda Sandford, Loveis Wise, Jessica Spence, Asia Shelton, and others, are revelatory and excite in opportunity to see, engage, and explore. Independent curator and writer Efrem Zelony-Mindel spoke with Pettway to delve into her impressions and process.
Interview by Efrem Zelony-Mindell