i just want to be in the Black euphoria with you explores both the desire for familial inclusion and spiritual transcendence from white supremacy. Those who long for the Black euphoria know it cannot exist in the fullest of its expression and assume its own birthright in the archive of Black living and Black dying.

The Black euphoria is immaterial and belongs to no one. The Black euphoria is a technology of remembrance and remembering. The Black euphoria is a queer gaze into the familial and racial archive in that both the gaze and its source are absent from the archive’s parameters. The Black euphoria is a place of longing and self-determination.

Fair uses reproductions of her own archive of family photographs remixed, repeated and distorted into a floating landscape. Its source of illumination is the specter of light radiating through a mask. Fair organizes familial memories into a realm of imagined freedom for her own family and the families her archive touches. This is her first attempt to trace the contours and parameters of the Black euphoria.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jade Ariana Fair is a multidisciplinary artist living in Oakland, CA. She works across the genre of painting, performance, sound, and installation. She is a socially engaged artist whose social practice extends to arts education with youth and a healing arts practice.  She has been making art for as long as she can recall as a form of healing, guidance and self-recovery. Her art praxis is both research-based and heavily guided by intuition. She emphasizes resourcefulness in her practice, both her own and that of her ancestral legacy. Her arts education is a populist, community education derived from her own planetary exploration. She paints what she sees in visions, dreams, and from visceral responses to her study of personal and generational histories. She is a 2017 artist-in-residence at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City.

RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAM:

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

i just want to be in the Black euphoria with you exhibition is supported by a generous grant from the Zellberbach Family Foundation, The Fleishhacker Foundation and The City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program.